Saudi-Iran Crisis: Why It Matters in the Fight Against ISIS

Saudi-Iran Crisis: Why It Matters in the Fight Against ISISDivisions between Sunni and Shia factions flared up violently after the Saudi government executed a top Shia cleric, Sheik Nimr al-Nimr, as part of a mass execution of 47 people on Jan. 2. The Saudi government claimed the executed individuals were terrorists. Protests began almost immediately in Iran and the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was set on fire.

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