January 4, 2016 | Quoted by Adam Kredo- Washington Free Beacon
Saudi Arabia: Iran Waited 12 Hours to Send Security to Sieged Embassy
Iranian authorities waited at least 12 hours before sending reinforcements to help defend a Saudi Arabian embassy compound that had come under attack by protestors, according to a timeline of the incident released by the Saudi government.
Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it was severing diplomatic ties with the Iranian government after protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran, setting fire to many portions of the building.
Iranian protestors attacked the Saudi compound late Saturday following the execution in Riyadh of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi officials in Tehran say they became aware early Saturday morning of threats by Iranians “to kill its personnel” at the Tehran embassy, the Saudi government’s news agency stated in a release describing the attack.
David Weinberg, a regional expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that Saudi Arabia might have miscalculated the fallout from Nimr’s execution.
“They overplayed their hand and seem to be surprised at the intensity of the response Nimr’s death elicited,” Weinberg said. “Which is not surprising given how tone deaf Saudi rulers have historically been to the concerns of Shi’ite Muslims both within and beyond Saudi borders.”
However, the Saudi government’s timeline indicates that “Iran negligently allowed angry mobs to assault Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic facilities and had plenty of warning time in which to prevent an attack.”
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