There were no attacks against American forces and Westerners in the country until after 1995.After the September 11, 2001 attacks, there was continued world pressure for the Saudi government to crack down on the radical imams preaching anti-American rhetoric in Saudi mosques.These calls grew as it turned out that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.Saudi officials pledged to make efforts to crack down on these imams.Saudi Arabia has since been an absolute monarchy, effectively a hereditary dictatorship governed along Islamic lines.Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "the Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (in Mecca) and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam.
(830,000 sq mi), Saudi Arabia is geographically the fifth-largest state in Asia and second-largest state in the Arab world after Algeria.
Journalists were asked to leave the room before issues around women's equality could be brought up, such as women not having the right to drive, go anywhere alone or be included in public life.
US officials did not raise these concerns, as noted by the US state department’s past reports on human rights.
Their targets included foreign civilians— Westerners affiliated with its oil-based economy—as well as Saudi Arabian civilians and security forces.
Anti-Western attacks have occurred in Saudi Arabia dating back to 1995.
Saudi Arabia has no rivers or permanent bodies of water other than artificial lakes and pools.