Iran and Saudi Arabia Sever Diplomatic Relations.
The Islamic Republic Of Iran summoned the Saudi Ambassador in Tehran after the putting to death of a top Saudi Shiite Cleric Nimr Baqr al - Nimr held by Saudi authorities after he was involved in protests in eastern Saudi Arabia against the government 5 years ago.
47 other prisoners were also executed in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia (KSA) including Al - Qaeda militants. The Saudi Embassy in Tehran was surrounded by angry crowds upon hearing of the death of the cleric and they trashed and burn't the building. Eventually Iranian police stepped in to restore calm. Needless to say all Saudi diplomats have left the Islamic Republic Of Iran and now Iranian diplomats including the Ambassador were given 48 hours to vacate Saudi Arabia and then Saudi cut off relations with Iran accusing the Islamic Republic of causing trouble. Shiites around the Middle East protested and demonstrated on hearing of the execution of Nimr
Of course the tit for tat actions by the Iranians and Saudis will probably have knock on affects on Syria, Iraq and Yemen where the two countries back various groups diametrically opposed to one another.
This will give the United States even more headaches as it tries to bring peace to the troubled region of the Middle East.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted "Divine retribution" on the house of Saud and said trouble would come soon for those who executed Nimr. On the Ayatollah's website there was a picture of an Islamic State execution and one showing a Saudi execution with a sentence saying "Whats the difference"?
The Saudis hit back saying Iran is the last country to accuse anyone of barbarity when it itself has an appalling human rights record. In fact neither country can be described as having glowing records on human rights or treatment of prisoners be they political or otherwise.
The leader of Hezbollah Sheik Nasrallah said Shiites should remain calm as Saudi Arabia just wanted to stir up sectarian violence between the two major branches of Islam Shiite and Sunni a rift that goes back many years not unlike the clash between Catholics and Protestants in recent Christian history.
It is clear as the Iranians from their side of the Gulf and the Saudis from their side are involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse which could have consequences not just for those nations in the Middle East but could affect us all.