Who Was the Cleric Saudis Executed and Why His Death Matters

January 4, 2016 7:15 AM

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Who Was the Cleric Saudis Executed and Why His Death Matters

Saudi Arabia’s execution of a leading Shiite cleric has triggered the worst crisis between the Sunni kingdom and its chief Middle Eastern foe, Iran, in more than two decades.

The execution of Nimr al-Nimr, who was a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family, triggered international condemnation, with the harshest reaction coming from Iran.

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