Saudi Interior ministry's spokesman Mansur al-Turki speaks during a press conference at the Saudi Officers club on July 5, 2014 in Riyadh. PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE
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A Saudi court on Monday sentenced four people to jail terms for trying to go to Iraq to join fighting there and for supporting al Qaeda's operations abroad, state news agency SPA said.The four, one of whom was sentenced in absentia, were given prison sentences of two years to five years and six months, SPA said. Over the past decade Saudi Arabia has imprisoned thousands of people convicted of working with al Qaeda after the Sunni Islamist militant group staged attacks inside the kingdom in 2003-06 that killed hundreds.
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