Since VICE visited the country in 2015 their own citizens have become one of the largest groups of foreign fighters to join the Islamic State. Despite this, the US maintains that our commitment to the country is greater than ever.
As tensions between the two Middle Eastern powers intensify, is there actually a chance of a shooting war breaking out? And how disastrous would that be?
A roundup of which nation-states humankind should be worried about this year.
Though Saudi Arabia captured headlines last week by executing 47 people in a single day, in recent years more and more nations have banned capital punishment.
In this episode from season three, we learn how America's Arab ally is defending itself from terrorism, and travel to Europe to meet the young people who want to join ISIS.
The ban is the latest sign that relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are rapidly deteriorating.
The NBA is speaking out against gun violence, tornados swept across the American South, and the Syrian government says it's ready for peace talks.
Ashraf Fayadh friends and family say that the poet—who is accused of apostasy and writing love poems that were allegedly anti-Islamic—is formally fighting his sentence.
News of his upcoming execution has made international headlines, but the harsh court ruling just underscores how hard it is to be an artist in Saudi Arabia.
There were many men with guns before one shot Malala.
The US Secretary of State announced plans that could lead to other groups ganging up on the Islamic State in the near future.
From China to Saudi Arabia to the US, the UK's allies have engaged in some pretty shady behavior over the years.
If he was another inch to his right, things could have gone much differently.
VICE met the wife of Raif Badawi, a blogger from Saudi Arabia sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes. We discussed her family's refuge in Quebec and the effort of the Canadian government to secure his release.
Indian-born filmmaker and LGBT activist Parvez Sharma's new documentary A Sinner in Mecca is a rare glimpse at a gay man's journey to Saudi Arabia.
The proliferation of threats across the Middle East has forced the US to focus its defense strategy on bolstering the military capabilities of its strongest ally in a region perpetually gutted by turmoil.
Al-Namrood have never played a live show, because it could result in the entire band being executed.
Earlier this month, a street performer known as "Sorcerer" was beheaded by militants. Why are these extremists so angry at sleight-of-hand artists?
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani just released a recording titled "Die in Your Rage."
The Canadian government may defend the right to freedom of speech abroad, but it should also focus on repealing its own anti-blasphemy law.
Over the past year and a half, regimes throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, have been snapping up former members of Congress to help push their interests in Washington.
Ottawa is exporting less military aid overall but upping shipments to India, Egypt, and Tunisia, as well as other non-NATO allies with questionable moral records.
The current slump in oil prices could spell the end of North American fracking, but will price volatility mean trouble for the more financially stable tar sands?
The Saudi government has resorted to employing so-called "White Hat" hackers to try to wipe their internet landscape of porn, social media sites, and anything else they deem inappropriate.