Saudi Arabia occupies nearly the entire Arabian Peninsula, dwarfing neighbors Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, the Gulf of Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca) and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam.
The state has a total population of 28.7 million, of which 20 million are Saudi nationals and 8 million are foreigners.
Defeating the terrorist enemy requires sound policies, concerted government efforts and international cooperation.
There are still honourable Israelis who demand a state for the Palestinians; there are well-educated Saudis who object to the crazed Wahabism upon which their kingdom is founded; there are millions of Americans, from sea to shining sea, who do not believe that Iran is their enemy nor Saudi Arabia their friend.
Anti-Western attacks have occurred in Saudi Arabia dating back to 1995.
Saudi Arabia itself has been accused of funding terrorism in other countries, The US military sent forces to Saudi Arabia in 1990 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. presence, as it violated a Muslim tradition of excluding non-Muslim from permanent residence in the Arabian peninsula.
It is separated from Israel and Egypt by the Gulf of Aqaba.
It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast and most of its terrain consists of arid desert and mountains.
Saudi officials pledged to make efforts to crack down on these imams.
On 17 November, in central Riyadh at the junction of Oruba/Olaya road, a car bomb killed British national Christopher Rodway and injured his wife Jane.
(830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the fifth-largest state in Asia and second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria.