How Saudi Arabia’s terrorist rehabilitation programme works

Issue 982 - 27 Nov 2014 | 3 minute read

Saudi Arabia’s strategy to combat extremism – the Prevention, Rehabilitation and Aftercare (PRAC) strategy – developed in the aftermath of the May 2003 bombings of residential compounds in Riyadh. It involves several ministries, but is led by the Ministry of Interior – specifically Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, who has been minister since November 2012, and was previously assistant to the interior minister for security affairs (since 1999). Sometimes discussed as a contender for the Saudi throne, Mohammed Bin Nayef rose to prominence in mid-2003 when jihadist Ali Abedlrahman Al-Ghamdi handed himself over to him; the extent of the prince’s personal commitment was further showcased in 2009, when he survived an assassination attempt by Yemeni-born Abdullah Al-Asiri

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