- Saudi Arabia says 100,000 troops to secure this year's hajj Updated: Sep-19-15 2:01 pm
MECCA, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has deployed 100,000 security personnel to oversee the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage that begins on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry spokesman said, underscoring both the massive arrangements needed to secure one of the largest pilgrimages in the world and the multitude of threats the hajj faces.
- Islamic State group's attacks in Saudi test security of hajj Updated: Sep-10-15 8:11 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Islamic State group is extending its reach in Saudi Arabia, expanding the scope of its attacks and drawing in new recruits with its radical ideology. Its determination to bring down the U.S.-allied royal family has raised concerns it could threaten the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage later this month.