RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —
Our friends the Sowdi’s: Rewarding terrorism
Fifty-five Saudi Arabian men who have been sent to their homeland from the U.S. military prison at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba, will receive about $2,600 each to celebrate the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a Saudi newspaper reported Saturday.
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz also has granted the ex-GuantÃ¡namo prisoners temporarily release from detention centers in Saudi Arabia to spend time with their families during the holiday later this month, the Okaz newspaper reported.
The holiday marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The former captives are to return to police custody after Eid al-Fitr in mid-October and will be referred to Saudi courts at end of this month for upcoming trials, the paper said.
Just last month, U.S. authorities transferred 16 Saudis from the remote U.S. Navy base in Cuba to Saudi Arabia, the latest in a series of cascading transfers.
Fewer than 40 Saudi detainees remain in detention.
The U.S. practice of holding Saudis at GuantÃ¡namo has been a source of tension with Riyadh, a close U.S. ally and birthplace of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.
Three Saudis captives have committed suicide inside the prison camp since it opened in 2002, according to the U.S. military. All three cases are being probed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, similar to the FBI.
Of the 759 men and teens who have been held at GuantÃ¡namo, 136 have been Saudis, the second-largest group behind Afghan nationals.
The largest concentration there today are citizens of Yemen, bin Laden’s ancestral homeland.
* Yemen has no oil, but enough jihadi’s..
About 330 detainees remain in GuantÃ¡namo on suspicion of links to terrorism, al Qaeda or the Taliban. Few have ever been charged.
* Sheik Yer’mami sez: a dead jihadist is a happy jihadist.
The Great, Enlightened Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The group Friends of Saudi Arabia (FSA) is concerned about the depiction of Saudis in the movie The Kingdom. Here is a real sign from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Â
Imagine the uproar if Israel posted this sign:Â
Virulent racism, sexism, and intolerance are all alive in the Middle East. But the United Nations seems to be concerned with only one country: Israel