Saudi Executions That Riled Iran Meant as Domestic MessageBy
Government seeking to appear `tough on terror,' analysts say
Risks include renewed tensions in kingdom's Shiite community
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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