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In Saudi visit, President Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom

In Saudi visit, President Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom

When President Barack Obama arrives in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, he'll face an increasingly assertive leadership still heavily dependent on U.S. weapons and military might that nonetheless has little trust in him and essentially believes it's been thrown a curveball.

The president is expected to push Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and biggest buyer of American-made arms, and other Gulf allies for greater cooperation and military backing in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

But Washington is also concerned about mounting civilian casualties and the expansion of al-Qaida's active branch in Yemen amid the chaos spread by the...

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