US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%. The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show.
Detainees from Yemen and Saudi Arabia are the most problematic, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks. And with Yemen roiled in political upheaval, some worry that the former inmates will see an opportunity.
Nine years after the United States vowed to shut down the money pipeline that finances terrorism, senior Obama administration officials say they believe that many millions of dollars are flowing largely unimpeded to extremist groups worldwide, and they have grown frustrated by frequent resistance from allies in the Middle East, according to secret diplomatic dispatches.
Saddam Hussein s Iraq was a regional menace that sent shudders through its neighbors. Today s Iraqi leaders are struggling to restrain the ambitions of the countries that share Iraq s porous borders, eye the country s rich resources and vie for influence.