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Saudi Arabia lists Muslim Brotherhood as terror group, orders foreign fighters home

Published on Mar 7, 2014 11:20 PM

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia on Friday listed the Muslim Brotherhood and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organisations, and ordered citizens fighting abroad to return within 15 days or face imprisonment.

The move represents a major escalation against the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and indicates rising concern in Riyadh over the possible return of battle-hardened Saudi extremists from Syria.

In addition to the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia listed the Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's official Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a rogue group fighting in both Syria and Iraq, as terrorist organisations.

The Interior Ministry decree, which was released by state media, also listed as terrorist groups the Shi'ite Huthi rebels fighting in northern Yemen and "Hezbollah inside the kingdom", apparently referring to a little-known Saudi Shi'ite group.

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