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King Abdullah dead: Saudi Arabia and the west

What is the future of Middle East relations?

By Prospect Team  

Barack Obama meets King Abdullah to discuss action against IS last year. © Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Press Association Images

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, ending a reign which lasted officially since 2005, but effectively for ten years before that after the country’s previous ruler suffered a stroke. .Abdullah was a key ally of the US, maintaining a strong relationship with Washington despite the role of Saudi nationals in carrying out the 9/11 attacks.…

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