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[–] CrustyBeaver52 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

So - two hours into the attack and all social media coming out of that country simply stopped.

I found one additional video from hour number four, via an Arab source, whereby the gun battle was still raging in and around the palace, and exactly no other media sources after that. There were at least 8 to 10 short videos taken from cellphones by people nearby the palace and uploaded to Twitter in the first two hours of the fighting.

Very little about the battle can be confirmed, other than that the battle did take place, for at least four hours, utilizing mostly infantry type weapons - machine guns, grenades and rocket launchers.

If there was a drone, it was likely used at the beginning of the attack, perhaps by the attackers for recon, or as a diversion. Apparently, some of the attackers did enter the palace itself during the diversion. It is also possible that the drone was not supposed to be spotted, and in doing so the guard was alerted prematurely, enabling them to meet the attack from an alerted standpoint.

It is equally possible that there was no drone at all, and it is merely put out as a thin cover story. Four plus hours of shooting and explosions suggests a sizable battle took place.

None of the rumors pertaining to the status, or whereabouts of the Saudi King can be confirmed. It is known that two Gulf Stream Learjets operated by the royal family did depart from the local airport during the attack, a couple of hours after the attack started.

As to who was responsible, the Saudi's may know that by now - but they have certainly made enough enemies that there are dozens of possible parties who might do this.

As a guess, I would say it was probably NOT ISIS - ISIS does do these types of attacks against strengthen positions, but they usually begin with one or more suicide bombers, and vehicle born IED's yielding massive explosions, used to soften up and stun the local defenders first.

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[–] 9-11 7 points -2 points (+5|-7) ago 

As to who was responsible, the Saudi's may know that by now - but they have certainly made enough enemies that there are dozens of possible parties who might do this.

Iran, everything happening in the middle east relates to this large regional Muslim civil war between Tehran and Riyadh. From Yemen to Syria, its Iran arming the Shia minority and paying protestors and opposition groups.

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[–] CheeseboogersGhost 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Israeli horseshit. Israel is why the middle east is in shambles. fuckin shill. Iran fights against isis. Hezbollah had to whoop Israel's ass in Lebanon 2006 because of Israel's terrorism

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[–] YouveSeenTheButcher 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

What a deceitful and manipulative little worm you are.

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[–] looking4truth 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

thanks to the war in yemen the saudi economy is not looking great right now and the citizens are not happy about it. The war was unnecessary and is literally draining the country right now. People are going to retaliate.

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[–] CrustyBeaver52 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yup, the Iranians are on that list:)

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[–] Venom1 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

As I recall, the Crown Prince recalled if not purged many of Saudi Arabia's elites last year... this might be retaliation or whatever.

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[–] ArsCortica 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

This. Salman didn't make very many friends with that move, and up to this point, Saudi Politics was a careful balancing act between the various tribal and clan interests. Him gutting everyone to secure his own power probably produced more than enough people interested in a change in leadership.

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[–] Lordbananafist 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Did you see that personally or was it on a tv?

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[–] poptical-illusionist 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Maybe they should try some weapons restrictions over there. /s

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[–] ruck_feddit 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's important that you continue to use the /s when saying something sarcastic. It helps noobies and triggers the u/Karl_Von_Dibble 's of the world.

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[–] Optional_Reading 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

SA King is old. His son is young. There are about 9 or 11 family members that would have some succession claim if the the king died without an heir (or if the prince died). One of these guys in the middle is bin Talal. He is the financier of a lot of terrorism.

When Trump took office he visited the father and son and told them to clean up SA. The king arrested everyone trying to stop him giving control to his young son.

Bonus info: Rumor is the prince was in Las Vegas during the Mandalay Bay attack during that Jason Aldean concert. He was gambling at Tropicana and a fire fight broke out during an assassination attempt.

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[–] alexicov 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

KSA will burn, mark my wordds

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[–] 12553852? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Swim away King Salmon! Swim away!

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[–] Itsame 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wasn't there recent high level arrests in Saudi? Maybe at the beginning of the year?

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[–] BlueDrache 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Personally, I hope they all die and Israel nukes Mecca just for shits and giggles.

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[–] wwwwwwwwwwwww 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This or India/Paki/China conflict starts WW3 in my opinion.

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