Saudi Executions That Riled Iran Meant as Domestic Message

  • Government seeking to appear `tough on terror,' analysts say
  • Risks include renewed tensions in kingdom's Shiite community

Saudi Arabia and Iran in Worst Clash Since 1980s

Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 men last weekend quickly became an international drama, agitating markets and triggering a flare-up with longtime rival Iran. But Saudi-watchers say the move was really meant to send a message inside the kingdom’s borders.

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