Saudi Arabia: Political control and cross-border threats in Asir

Issue 1164 - 24 Feb 2023 | 1 minute read

Control of the Asir region has fluctuated between different groups over the centuries. By the 1830s, the Al-Ayed dynasty was in control, until the area was captured by the Ottomans in the late 1860s. Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdelaziz (Ibn Saud) brought Asir under his direct rule in the early 1920s.

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