"Saudi Arabia has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation. An interior ministry statement also classified two jihadist groups fighting with the Syrian rebels – the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – as terrorist groups. The statement gave Saudis fighting in Syria 15 days to return. A royal decree issued last month said any citizen found guilty of fighting in conflicts abroad faced a jail sentence. This is the strongest warning so far to Saudis fighting with extremist groups in Syria. The Saudis clearly now fear similar blowback from having encouraged jihadist rebels there as they faced a decade ago when militants returning home attacked domestic targets. The statement also bans an exhaustive list of activities – including meetings, funding and online communication – that could be seen as supporting such groups. But it goes further, encompassing any activism seen as seditious. The message goes wider too – coming as it does in the midst of a diplomatic offensive against Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have all withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha in an unprecedentedly public dispute over Qatar's perceived support for the Muslim Brotherhood. Hundreds of Saudis are believed to be fighting in Syria, and correspondents say Riyadh fears they could pose a security risk when they return home. Although the kingdom has supported the Sunni-led rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, it has long feared a backlash from radical jihadist groups. Last month, King Abdullah decreed jail terms of up to 20 years for anyone belonging to "terrorist groups" or fighting abroad. The new law also promised tough sanctions for anyone backing the incriminated organisations." BBC
This sounds like bad news for the designated groups. It is also bad news for Prince Bandar bin Sultan who has been the executive agent for provision of Saudi funding and political support for jihadi groups in many regions. He is an interesting character. A Princeton graduate and a jet pilot, at one point he was dean of the diplomatic corps in Washington and had many american "friends" among the mighty. This started to "go South" for him when an unencrypted phone call between him and his father revealed how much he despised and mocked the very people he professed to admire. His mother was an Ethiopian (jarriya habashiya- slave concubine) and although always a wunderkind of the Saudi royal family, Bandar was never a possibility to be king. The Saudis are much more racist than they admit to.
Both the Russians and the Iranians have had serious discussions with King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz on the subject of possible severe retribution for continuation of support for such groups.
It seems that these talks have had effect. pl