Five flash points between mortal enemies Saudi Arabia and Iran

January 3, 2016 10:36 PM

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The bitter faceoff between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the Saudis' execution of an Iranian-aligned cleric is the latest flash point in a long-simmering conflict between two Middle East powers, and it threatens to add more turmoil to an already unstable region.

Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that it was severing ties with Iran, hours after Iranian protesters set fires in the Saudi embassy compound in Tehran to protest the execution the day before the Shiite cleric, Sheik Nimr al-Nimr.

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