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NYT Confirms Saudis Kidnapped Lebanon PM Hariri

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Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, was summoned at 8:30 a.m. to the Saudi royal offices---he was stripped of his cellphones, separated from all but one of his usual cluster of bodyguards, and shoved and insulted by Saudi security officers---He was handed a prewritten resignation speech and forced to read it on Saudi television.

--resign under pressure and publicly blame Iran

--Prince Mohammed---he has jailed hundreds of fellow princes and businessmen in what he casts as an anticorruption drive. Abroad, he has waged war in Yemen and confronted Qatar.

---as revealed in behind-the-scenes accounts from a dozen Western, Lebanese and regional officials--

Prince Mohammed had already launched a war in neighboring Yemen--

Now, Mr. Hariri remains in office with new popularity, and Hezbollah is stronger than before--

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