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Pakistani guard returns to Saudi Arabia

Although the small force is officially there on a train-and-assist mission, the arrangement is reminiscent of a military practice from decades ago designed to protect the Saudi royal family from domestic and foreign threats.

Soldiers arrive at a street after suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighborhood in Khyber Agency near Peshawar, Pakistan, Sept. 2, 2016.REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to by his initials MBS, is arranging the deployment of a to the kingdom. Its size and purpose is unclear, but it is a revival of a military practice from the 1980s designed to protect the royal family from enemies at home and

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