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Trump’s War on Extremism Has Some Awkward Allies in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudis promote new center to combat militants with U.S. help
  • But Saudi clerics and cash helped spread of radical ideology
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Trump, Tillerson and Ross Weigh in on Saudi Deals

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Rows of men dressed in identical white robes and headdresses silently stared at computer screens as Donald Trump, the Saudi king and the president of Egypt placed their hands on a glowing orb.

The movie-set visuals were in honor of a new center in Riyadh to combat the ideologies behind terrorism. Technology is supposed to enable its staff to locate militant activity online, anywhere in the world, within seconds. But many analysts say the search for the roots of Islamic extremism should begin at home.