Saudi Arabia is strenuously defending itself on two fronts - over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and over the conduct of its war in Yemen.
In a defiant statement, a Saudi government source warned that if it "receives any action it will respond with greater action" - a thinly veiled threat following calls in the US Congress for American arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be suspended.
The disappearance of Mr Khashoggi is so sensitive, government officials have still not gone on camera to discuss the affair a week and a half on.
Ordinary Saudis are not discussing the case openly. On social media there is a sense of disbelief that the Saudi government could have been involved, and angry accusations that their country is being unfairly blamed for political reasons.
There is also a frustration at what many see as the one-sided coverage of the war in Yemen following renewed criticism in the wake of the Khashoggi affair.
Sky News has been shown bomb damage caused by thousands of missiles, mortars and projectiles fired at southern Saudi border towns.
In the town of Najran alone, more than 50 people have been killed in such attacks and more than five hundred have been injured. Schools, hospitals and homes have been hit by indiscriminate fire.
Saudi Arabia leads a 13-nation coalition trying to support the government of Yemen against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
In the coalition command centre, Sky News was shown the painstaking targeting procedures used to minimise civilian casualties. But civilians continue to be killed, most recently when a passenger bus was hit outside the port of Hodeida over the weekend.
Sky News was also shown the remains of one of several ballistic missiles fired at the Saudi capital, marked with clear signs that it was supplied to the Houthis by Iran.
Coalition forces spokesman Colonel Turki Al Malki told Sky News the aim is to use military force to bring the enemy to peace talks.
"We are working in the military campaign to put more pressure on the Houthi. We need to put the pressure on the Houthi so we can bring them to the negotiating table," he said.
But he said that effort is being thwarted by the support given to rebels by Iran in training, advice and weapons supplies.
"They have ballistic missiles, they have armed UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), they have fast boats and they have anti-tank guided missiles. No other militia has these," he said.
Saudi Arabia is crucial to the Trump administration's strategy to isolate and weaken Iran.
It is also one of Britain's closest allies. The diplomatic, military and intelligence ties are extremely close.
Policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic are holding their breath, waiting to see how the extraordinary story of Jamal Khashoggi unfolds.
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