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  • Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support

    06/25/2004 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Veritas_est · 267+ views ^ | June 25, 2004 | Daniela Sigrist
    Authorities Conclude Switzerland Likely Used as Base for Financing, Logistical Support for 9/11 Attacks by Al-Qaida By Daniela Sigrist Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 24, 2004 BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Investigators have concluded that Switzerland was likely used as a base for financing and logistical support for the Sept. 11 attacks by al-Qaida, the country's attorney general said Thursday. Federal Prosecutor Valentin Roschacher said authorities plan to begin court proceedings in the coming weeks in three terror cases, capping investigations started four days after the 2001 suicide hijackings in New York and Washington. A special task force initially was charged...
  • Senior al Qaeda leaders reportedly released from custody in Iran

    09/19/2015 6:17:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been kidnapped in Yemen. Several jihadists on Twitter who are connected to al Qaeda have said the report is accurate. One of them is known as “Al Siyasi al Mutaqa’id,” who has relayed accurate information on al Qaeda in the past. The five jihadists who were reportedly freed are: Saif al Adel, Abu Mohammed...
  • Like Clockwork: Swiss investigators have broken an Al Qaeda cell that proves…

    08/29/2004 6:14:44 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 1,364+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 25, 2004 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    … the remarkable reach of the global-terror network A little-noticed investigation by Swiss federal police has uncovered the existence of an apparent terror-support network with ties to the upper levels of Al Qaeda — including an operative believed to have played a role in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the May 2003 bombing of a housing complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The discovery of a largely invisible Al Qaeda network in the peaceful alpine nation has gotten virtually no public attention outside of Switzerland. But criminal charges outlined in a July 30 Swiss prosecutor’s report —...
  • Mounties uncover Al Qaeda cache

    06/14/2005 10:54:22 PM PDT · by Antioch · 20 replies · 1,442+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Jun. 14, 2005 | MICHELLE SHEPHARD
    Plans, tapes diaries seized at Pearson airport Zaynab Khadr denies they belong to her OTTAWA—The RCMP and Canadian military believe they've discovered a vital cache of information on Al Qaeda that includes the whereabouts of wanted members and details of attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. The information is allegedly contained in a laptop, dozens of DVDs, audiocassettes and the pages of diaries, seized by the RCMP officers who met Zaynab Khadr at Pearson airport with a search warrant as she arrived back in Canada in February, court documents state. Khadr is the eldest daughter of a family that has...
  • Abu Ali Linked to Saudi Arabia Al Qaeda Leader

    02/28/2005 4:14:56 AM PST · by Coop · 10 replies · 440+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/28/05 | Jerry Seper
    A Falls Church man accused of conspiring to assassinate President Bush met several times with an al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia who once was the target of a global manhunt and a key suspect in an attack that killed nine Americans in Riyadh, law-enforcement authorities said. Ahmed Omar Abul Ali, scheduled for a detention hearing tomorrow in federal court on charges of providing material support to al Qaeda, met with Zubayr al-Rimi in Saudi Arabia between September 2002 and June 2003...
  • Saudis Arrested Wanted Terrorist - Al-Arabiya

    08/05/2004 6:38:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 954+ views
    Associated Press | August 5, 2004
    CAIRO (AP)--Saudi police reportedly arrested the kingdom's most wanted terrorist on Thursday, according to pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Arabiya. The Saudi-owned station reported late Thursday that police captured Faris Ahmed Jamaan Al Showeel al-Zahrani in Abha, a town 800 kilometers southwest of the capital, Riyadh. According to the Cable News Network, the Saudi Interior Ministry said an operation targeting the man was still going on. Saudi authorities released a list of 26 most wanted terrorists following a series of bombings in Riyadh on May 12, 2003, that killed 26 people. On Nov. 8, another suicide attack on a Riyadh...
  • Anger, Anguish and Astonishment

    04/22/2004 9:55:20 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 6 replies · 136+ views
    Arab News ^ | 04/23/04 | Javid Hassan & Nouf Al-Rakan
    RIYADH, 23 April 2004 — Anger and astonishment continues to grow in the community after the terrorist attack on the security forces building in Riyadh with a call for quicker and firmer action to eradicate terrorism from the Kingdom. “Our country was always known as the country of Islam and peace,” said the sister of Col. Mutlak Al Hammash. Her brother remains in the ICU suffering from various head injuries due to the force of the blast. The colonel’s son, Khaled Al-Hammash, said, “I couldn’t believe what had happened. I immediately rushed to the hospital and discovered that my father...
  • ‘Hellfire Awaits Perpetrators’

    04/22/2004 9:58:39 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 24 replies · 115+ views
    Arab News ^ | 04/23/04 | Mohammed Rasooldeen
    RIYADH, 23 April 2004 — The Kingdom’s grand mufti said yesterday the perpetrators of Wednesday’s deadly blast would “burn in hell” for killing innocent Muslims in the attack. “God has promised wrath, damnation, painful torture and an eternity burning in hell for those who deliberately kill a Muslim... Unjustly killing a Muslim is the gravest crime and cannot be atoned for,” Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said after visiting blast victims at Central Hospital here. At least five people were killed and 148 injured in the suicide bombing of buildings of special security forces and the Traffic Department. Some 83 out of...
  • Top Saudi Cleric Denounces Riyadh Bombings (It matters when it is their own)

    04/22/2004 2:46:22 PM PDT · by Ramonan · 47 replies · 602+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu, Apr 22, 2004 | ADNAN MALIK,
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Those responsible for Saudi Arabia's latest suicide attack will be "burned in hell," the kingdom's top cleric said Thursday, as investigators searched for clues to the deadly bombing. Five people, including two senior police officers and an 11-year-old girl, were killed along with the suicide bomber in Wednesday's attack on the administrative building of the General Security, the Interior Ministry said. It said 148 people were injured. A shadowy Islamic extremist group, the purportedly al-Qaida inspired al-Haramin Brigades, released a statement on at least two Islamic Web sites claiming responsibility for the attack. The authenticity of...
  • "Loud explosions heard in the capital of Saudi Arabia"

    04/21/2004 4:22:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 113 replies · 878+ views
    ABC Radio News - no link | 4-21-04
    Nothing follows. Searching for wire reports.
  • Car bomb kills at least 10 in Saudi Arabia, Security Building destroyed(update)

    04/21/2004 7:13:56 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 13 replies · 112+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/04 | Dominic Evans and Fahd al-Frayyan
    Car bomb kills at least 10 in Saudi Wed 21 April, 2004 14:44 By Dominic Evans and Fahd al-Frayyan RIYADH (Reuters) - At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded by a car bomb that destroyed a Saudi security service building in the capital, witnesses say. Officials in Riyadh described it as a "terrorist attack" and Arab television said the body of suicide bomber had been found. One Saudi source said five car bomb attempts had been foiled in the past week but this, the sixth, got past tight security. "The front of a building is blown off...
  • Suspects tied to terror group arrested

    06/27/2003 8:20:33 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 2 replies · 334+ views
    The Associated Press | 6/27/03 | Curt Anderson
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI made a series of arrests in three states Friday of men suspected of ties to an anti-U.S. terrorist organization whose main goal is driving India out of the disputed Kashmir territory in South Asia. The arrests of at least seven suspects were made in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, said federal law enforcement officials speaking on condition of anonymity. Federal charges against the men, and several others who are overseas, were to be announced later in the day. The men are alleged to be part of an extremist Muslim organization called Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is on the...
  • Federal prosecutors claim link between Virginia terrorism suspects, al-Qaida

    07/25/2003 3:52:49 PM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 25 replies · 729+ views
    The Associated Press | 7/25/03 4:48 PM | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors who accuse nine U.S. citizens and two other men of conspiring to join a Muslim terror group presented an address list and other evidence Friday to try to link the suspects to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida group. But the evidence wasn't enough to persuade U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema to keep one defendant, Sabri Benkhala, in jail. Brinkema ordered Benkhala released to home detention at his father's house in Falls Church, upholding a previous release order issued by a magistrate. "There's no question the government has raised some significant issues here," the judge said....
  • The Jihadi Who Kept Asking Why [Long but interesting]

    03/05/2004 5:56:14 PM PST · by saquin · 10 replies · 333+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | 3/7/04 | Elizabeth Rubin
    Shortly before midnight on May 12, 2003, Riyadh, the Saudi capital, was jolted awake by a series of synchronized car bombs that ripped through three residential compounds across the city. Twenty-five people from several nations, including Saudis, were killed. The jolt was psychological as well as physical. Al Qaeda, it seemed, had come home to roost, and not long after the terror attack, Saudis began referring to May 12 as ''our Sept. 11.'' Until the bombing, denial was officially sanctioned as a collective response to accusations that Saudi Arabia had a bit of a terrorism problem. Fifteen Saudis were among...
  • Aljazeera airs tape of Saudi bombers

    02/06/2004 1:36:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 180+ views
    AFP via Al-jazeera ^ | February 6, 2004
    Aljazeera television has aired footage purporting to show the suicide bombers of a Riyadh residential compound minutes before they carried out their deadly attack last November. The Qatar-based Arab satellite news channel did not mention how it acquired the tape which was broadcast on Friday night.  Seventeen people, most of them Arab expatriates, were killed in the attack. The tape showed grainy and shaky images of what appeared to be a car making its way towards the housing compound with men inside chanting repeatedly: "Allahu Akbar (God is great)." This was suddenly interrupted by a dark screen and what...
  • Brigade Of The Two Holy Mosques Claim Saudi Bombing

    01/10/2004 7:20:06 AM PST · by witnesstothefall · 7 replies · 211+ views
    A Saudi Islamist group affiliated with, or at least heavily inspired by, Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for blowing up a car last month in Riyadh belonging to Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim al-Dhaleh, a senior Saudi security officer. He escaped by the skin of his teeth. The group, the Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques, also said it was behind an attempt to kill Major General Abdel-Aziz al-Huweirini, the No. 3 official in the Saudi interior ministry, who was shot in the capital at the beginning of December. The latest statement from the Brigade of the Two Holy Mosques warned Dhaleh “and those...
  • Swiss arrest 8 over Riyadh bombings

    01/09/2004 6:29:25 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 111+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | January 10 2004 | Reuters
    Swiss police have arrested eight foreigners in connection with a series of suicide bombings that killed 35 people in the Saudi capital Riyadh last May. The Swiss Attorney-General's office says the eight people, arrested in a swoop across five Swiss cantons, are suspected of having provided logistical support to a criminal organisation. A spokeswoman for the Attorney-General's office declined to comment further on the arrests, the nature of the police's suspicions or the nationality of the detainees. Police say the arrests follow investigations into the triple suicide bombings in Riyadh that Saudi officials have blamed on Osama bin Laden's Al...
  • Saudi Arabia Says Top Al Qaeda Suspect Surrenders

    12/30/2003 1:54:06 PM PST · by Pikamax · 12 replies · 273+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/03 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia Says Top Al Qaeda Suspect Surrenders Tue December 30, 2003 02:56 PM ET RIYADH (Reuters) - One of Saudi Arabia's top wanted Islamic militants, sought in connection with deadly suicide bombings, surrendered to police on Tuesday, Saudi state media reported. An Interior Ministry statement carried by state media said Mansour bin Mohammad Ahmad Faqih, who was on a list of 26 wanted militants with suspected al Qaeda links, surrendered to authorities and was later visited by his family. Saudi Arabia has promised to strike with an "iron fist" against those behind bombings that killed more than 50 people,...
  • Brothels and bombs in Saudi Arabia

    12/09/2003 4:13:03 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 9 replies · 218+ views
    asia times ^ | 12/9/3
    KARACHI - The suicide bomb attack at the Muhaya residential compound in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on November 9 in which at least 17 people were killed - most of them foreign Arabs - was neither an episode of global jihadi terrorism nor part of a conspiracy to destabilize the House of Saud. A Pakistani undercover intelligence operator who recently returned from Riyadh told Asia Times Online that the attack was in fact the result of a deep divide within Saudi society between strict religious conservatives with little exposure to the outside world, and a more "liberal" element...
  • Italy: Deported cleric 'met bin Laden'

    11/30/2003 7:15:49 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 295+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 01 2003
    A SEBEGALESE Muslim cleric deported from Italy as a danger to state security was quoted today as telling a pan-Arab newspaper that he had met three times with Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network. The cleric, Abdel Qadir Mamour, told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat in an interview by telephone from Dakar, Senegal, that he had the meetings with bin Laden in Sudan from 1993 to 1996. Mamour said bin Laden had provided money to finance his trading in diamonds between Africa and Belgium, but did not say how much money was involved or if bin Laden was...
  • Saba Did the Right Thing, Say Many [Others say, What was she thinking?]

    11/19/2003 3:11:08 PM PST · by Russian Sage · 3 replies · 189+ views
    Arab News ^ | 19 November 2003 | Somayya Jabarti, Arab News Staff
    Saba Did the Right Thing, Say Many Somayya Jabarti, Arab News Staff   JEDDAH, 19 November 2003 — Out of ruins heroes rise — or heroines.Saba Abu Lisan, a young Saudi woman, rescued seven people, including her two sisters, after the Al-Muhaya Compound bombing in Riyadh on Nov.8 .Wounded and bleeding herself, she transported the victims to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in her father’s Mercedes. Her actions — a conflict between following human instinct and violating Saudi law — stirred a mixture of reactions.“There’s nothing to think about,” said Muhammad Haider, a Saudi father of four, when asked his...
  • Saudi commandos say they will beat Muslim militants

    11/19/2003 12:36:15 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 166+ views
    Reuters | 11/19/03 | Dominic Evans
    RIYADH, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Taking cover behind desert shrubs, Saudi commandos creep up to a house where suspected militants are holed up. With a burst of gunfire and flash bombs, they storm through doors and windows, clamber over walls and race through the rooms to take control of the gunmen's hideout. Today it's just a training drill. But men from this unit of Saudi Arabia's Special Security Forces, on the front line of the kingdom's battle with an Islamist insurgency, were in action for real two weeks ago when they raided a house in Riyadh and killed a suspected...
  • Saudi Arabia to Hold First Elections

    10/13/2003 10:25:15 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 12 replies · 162+ views
    AP ^ | Oct. 13, 2003
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia decided Monday to hold its first elections, announcing a vote to create local councils in the conservative Gulf monarchy. The step comes at a time when the Saudi royal family is under pressure to bring democratic reform - especially since the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States. The Saudi Cabinet said in a statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, that it "has decided to expand the participation of citizens in running local affairs through elections, by empowering the roles of municipal councils." The Cabinet did not say when elections would...
  • Al-Qaida: Riyadh attack 'opening shot': Website says fighting Muslim regimes same as battling US

    09/10/2003 6:26:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 177+ views
    On its newly reactivated website, al-Qaida features a book warning the terrorist network's May attack in Riyadh was the "opening shot" in a jihad campaign against the Arabian Peninsula and its "heretical" regimes. Editor's note: The al-Qaida site may have been shut down again - there was no response shortly after this story was published in WND The book asserts the real ruler over the Muslim countries of the Middle East is "Crusader America," which has subjected Muslim leaders to itself as a district ruler is subject to a king, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research...
  • Britons tell of Saudi torture

    09/07/2003 4:03:06 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 120+ views
    The Observer ^ | September 7, 2003 | Mark Townsend
    Britons who were imprisoned in Saudi Arabia revealed yesterday how they were tortured and beaten into confessing to crimes they did not commit. Weeks after their return to the UK, they shared the horror of their three-year ordeal. Blindfolded, shackled and deprived of sleep, some were whipped with axe handles until they bled. Others were threatened with decapitation or were told that their wives and partners would be raped in front of them if they did not admit responsibility for car bombings in Riyadh. One prisoner - Glen Ballard, 43, from Kent - tried to suffocate himself with a plastic...
  • What Really Happened When Al Qaeda Attacked (Riyadh on May 12)

    09/01/2003 7:17:11 AM PDT · by overtaxed_canadian · 3 replies · 1,174+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | September 1, 2003
    September 1, 2003: What Really Happened When Al Qaeda Attacked; The attack on Western style housing compounds in Riyadh on 12 May demonstrated a new chapter in the way Al-Qaeda does business in Saudi Arabia. The timing, forces and methods of attack were different from any previously attempted. Prior to these attacks, there was only one, probably two Al-Qaeda attacks in Saudi. The first attack, in November of 1995 was on a National Guard headquarters in the capital, Riyadh. While variously called an attack on SANG (Saudi Arabian National Guard) Headquarters or the “US trainers” by the media, it was...
  • Letter From Bin Laden Found On Body Of Saudi Bomber

    08/18/2003 3:48:11 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 270+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 8-19-2003 | John R Bradley
    Letter from Bin Laden found on body of Saudi bomber By John R Bradley in Jeddah 19 August 2003 A letter from Osama bin Laden and a telephone call made from Iran by his son Saad are linked to a series of al-Qa'ida attacks on Westerners in Saudi Arabia, according to Western diplomats and Saudi intelligence officials. The letter from al-Qa'ida's leader was found on the body of Yosif Salih Fahd Alayeeri, one of 19 attackers involved in a closely co-ordinated series of bombings in Riyadh in May, who was killed in a shootout with security forces in central Saudi...
  • Crown prince assails terrorist 'forces of evil'

    08/15/2003 4:22:16 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 161+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 15, 2003 | By John R. Bradley
    <p>JIDDA, Saudi Arabia &#8212; Crown Prince Abdullah said yesterday that the desert kingdom is locked in a "a decisive battle" against the "forces of evil," language that echoed the words of President Bush after the September 11 attacks.</p> <p>"There is no room for neutrality or hesitancy," Prince Abdullah, who is Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, said in remarks carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.</p>
  • Saudis Reject Bin Laden and Terrorism: New Zogby International Poll

    08/05/2003 10:15:26 AM PDT · by rface · 25 replies · 626+ views
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Allies against Terrorism | August 2003 | The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Tragedies of 9/11 and in Riyadh Do Not Represent Saudi People or Islam, According to New Zogby International Poll. Impressions of American Life and Culture Down from 2002 Study -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A new poll of citizens in Saudi Arabia reveals that they reject the international acts of terror claimed by Osama bin Laden as not consistent with the values of the Saudi people, nor with the values of Islam. The survey of 600 Saudi citizens was commissioned by the Arab American Institute of Washington, DC, as part of an on-going study of Saudi attitudes. It was conducted during July, and...
  • 2 Saudi Militants on Wanted List

    08/04/2003 6:13:31 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 202+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press / AP ^ | 8/4/03 | FAIZA SALEH AMBAH
    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Two militants killed in a shootout with Saudi police last week were part of a cell of 19 suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida and thought to be behind the deadly May suicide bombings in Riyadh, a newspaper reported Monday. The Al-Watan daily, quoting "informed sources," identified the men as Ahmed bin Nasser al-Dekhiel and Hamad bin Abdullah al-Aslami. The men were killed during the July 28 raid on a farm in the al-Qassim area, 220 miles northwest of the capital, Riyadh. Four other suspected militants and two police officers also died. The two were on a...
  • Bombing Suspect Tells of New Hijack Plots

    07/31/2003 11:18:39 PM PDT · by kattracks · 163+ views
    AP | 8/01/03
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON July 31 — A suspect in the May 12 bombings in Saudi Arabia told interrogators about new plots to hijack planes and use them as weapons, but intelligence officials say he could be lying.Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi al-Ghamdi, whom U.S. counterterrorism officials describe as a leading al-Qaida operative in Saudi Arabia, reported the possible hijacking plot, said one intelligence official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The man, also known as Abu Bakr al-Azdi, surrendered to Saudi authorities on June 26.Intelligence officials say they consider his threat credible but do not know if he is...
  • Top al Qaeda operative told of hijackings

    07/31/2003 12:30:32 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 170+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A high-level al Qaeda operative was one of the sources of information leading to the latest warning about possible suicide hijackings of airliners, a government source told CNN Wednesday.</p> <p>The source said Ali Abd al-Rahman al Faqasi al-Ghamdi -- allegedly one of the key organizers of the May 12 suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that killed 23 people, including nine Americans -- gave information concerning possible hijackings.</p>
  • Riyadh bombing mastermind said in Saudi custody

    06/26/2003 1:55:33 PM PDT · by RoughDobermann · 43 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters | By Carol Giacomo and Toby Zakaria
    <p>WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - The mastermind of the May bombings in Riyadh has been taken into custody in Saudi Arabia, a U.S. official and a source close to the Saudi Embassy in Washington said on Thursday.</p> <p>The Saudi-related source said the suspect, Ali Abdul Rachman Al-Gamdi, also known as Abu Bakr al-Azdi, a senior Saudi-based al Qaeda operative, surrendered to Saudi authorities. But the U.S. official said the man was "captured."</p> <p>"The mastermind of the Saudi bombings has surrendered to Saudi authorities," said the embassy-related source, who asked not to be identified further.</p>
  • Kuwaitis among scores held in terror bust - Arrests saved Makkah ( Mecca ) : Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    06/23/2003 10:47:52 AM PDT · by swarthyguy · 6 replies · 517+ views
    arabtimesKuwait ^ | 6.22.2003
    KUWAIT CITY (Agencies): Scores of Kuwaitis, including an Islamic culture instructor at the Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences, were recently rounded up by Saudi authorities in the wake of the Riyadh blasts on May 12, a newspaper reported Sunday. Al-Watan quoted Kuwaiti security sources as saying the Saudi authorities are questioning a number of Kuwaitis on their alleged involvement with al-Qaeda organisation. They said tens of Kuwaitis being interrogated include a Kuwaiti instructor, identified only as M.S., who went missing late last month, and entered Saudi Arabia without an exit record at any Kuwaiti border post. Saudi authorities suspecting...
  • Kingdom Still Seeking 2 Main Suspects in Riyadh Bombings, Says Prince Naif

    06/22/2003 7:27:57 PM PDT · by Lawrence of Arabia · 3 replies · 208+ views
    Arab News ^ | June 23, 2003 | Mahmoud Ahmad
    JEDDAH, 23 June 2003 — The Kingdom is still seeking two main suspects in the triple suicide bombings on Western compounds in Riyadh which killed 35 people last month, Interior Minister Prince Naif said in an interview published yesterday. The authorities have recently intensified a crackdown on suspected militants launched after the bombings in Riyadh, which have been blamed on the Al-Qaeda network. Prince Naif told Okaz newspaper that 44 people had been arrested so far. They include four women arrested in a new raid in Makkah last week amid initial indications that they played a role in the terror...
  • Report: Five Saudi bomb suspects arrested

    06/14/2003 9:07:44 AM PDT · by Ranger · 5 replies · 104+ views
    cnn ^ | 6/14/03
    <p>RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- At least five more suspects have been arrested in relation to last month's Riyadh suicide bombings on Western residential compounds, Saudi Arabia's interior minister said in remarks published Saturday.</p> <p>Prince Nayef told the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh that five people were arrested Thursday, including one who "might have (had) a main role" in the attacks that killed 35 people, including nine suicide bombers.</p>
  • Kingdom moves against terrorism

    06/12/2003 11:58:53 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 141+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, June 13, 2003 | By David R. Sands
    <p>Saudi Arabia said yesterday that last month's suicide attacks in Riyadh prompted the desert kingdom to crack down on militants, cut off money to charities that fund terrorists and muzzle clerics who defend terrorism and Osama bin Laden.</p> <p>But Adel al-Jubeir, a top adviser to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah, said his nation would continue to aid Palestinian groups, even if some of the money wound up going to the families of suicide bombers or to the political wing of the violently anti-Israel Hamas group.</p>
  • Osama Letter Found On Dead Man

    06/03/2003 12:22:20 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 15 replies · 200+ views ^ | June 3, 2003 | CBS/AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 3, 2003 If the letter is confirmed as being from bin Laden, it not only would provide evidence the terrorist leader was alive late last year, but that there are ties between the Riyadh bombings and bin Laden's al Qaeda. (CBS/AP) A suspected militant killed by Saudi police last weekend was carrying a 6-month-old letter allegedly written by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi newspaper reported Tuesday. The body of the man identified as Yosif Salih Fahd Ala'yeeri, one of 19 militants wanted for alleged ties to al Qaeda, was searched after he was shot dead following...
  • Iran disputes al-Qaida members part in bombings

    05/30/2003 7:16:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 282+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/30/03 | Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson - Knight Ridder
    <p>TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's foreign minister said Friday that the al-Qaida operatives Iran now has in custody were arrested before the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia and couldn't have been involved in the attacks.</p> <p>"There is no possibility that they were able to do any (bombing) operation nor could they lead these kind of military operations," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told reporters at one of several impromptu news conferences he's held recently to counter American accusations that his country is failing to fight terrorism. "When they are in prison all their connections are cut with the outside."</p>
  • Riyadh Bomb Suspects Sought in Pakistan

    05/30/2003 7:38:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 156+ views
    AP Wire | May 30 2003 | ZARAR KHAN/AP
    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani authorities are searching for two United Arab Emirates nationals suspected of involvement in the May 12 suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia, an official said Friday. The two suspects are believed to have flown to the southern Pakistani city of Karachi earlier this month after the bombings in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. An official at Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency, which enforces immigration laws, said his department had received a letter from the Interior Ministry passing along a request by the United Arab Emirates to find and extradite the men. The official spoke on condition his name...
  • Bomb Suspect Dies In Custody

    05/29/2003 5:43:20 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 182+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-29-2003 | Giles Tremlett
    Bomb suspect dies in custody Giles Tremlett Thursday May 29, 2003 The Guardian The man who allegedly organised suicide bombings that killed 43 in Casablanca 12 days ago has died in police custody, officials said yesterday. The death of Abdelhaq Moulsabbat was blamed on heart and liver problems. "His health condition did not allow investigators, unfortunately, to complete all the elements of the investigation," a prosecutor, Moulay Abdellah Alaoui Belghiti, told Morocco's state television. Moulsabbat was arrested on Monday in Fes, whose poorer districts are said to be an Islamist stronghold. Mr Belghiti described him as the "general coordinator" and...
  • Iran: Senior Al Qaeda Leaders May Be in Custody

    05/29/2003 3:02:25 PM PDT · by JSteff · 4 replies · 197+ views
    AP ^ | 5/29/03 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran — In a reversal, Iran left open the possibility Thursday it may have top Al Qaeda (search) operatives in custody, including the terror network security chief suspected by U.S. officials of planning attacks in Saudi Arabia (search). Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi's comments to The Associated Press contradicted his statement Monday, when he was quoted as telling state-run radio that Al Qaeda members detained in Iran (search) "are not senior members of the group." More
  • Report: Qaeda Vows Saudi Attacks if Clerics Dead

    05/29/2003 8:32:34 AM PDT · by Brian S · 10 replies · 149+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05-29-03
    Thu May 29, 2003 09:19 AM ET DUBAI (Reuters) - A purported al Qaeda e-mail has vowed revenge attacks on the Saudi royal family over reports that Saudi police killed two Muslim clerics during a manhunt after the Riyadh blasts, an Arabic newspaper said Thursday. Saudi Arabia has denied the reports and said the outspoken clerics, who have issued religious edicts against close Saudi-Western ties, were among suspects held after the May 12 suicide bombings that killed 34, including eight Americans. The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that the e-mail, sent by unnamed persons close to Osama bin Laden, said the...
  • Saudi Interior Minister says 11 more people arrested in Riyadh attacks investigation

    05/29/2003 3:26:39 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 157+ views
    AP | 5/29/03
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi authorities have arrested 11 more suspected militants in its investigation of the Riyadh bombings, Interior Minister Prince Nayef said in remarks published Thursday. The suspects were detained without resistance in the holy city of Medina, western Saudi Arabia, Saudi newspapers quoted the minister as saying. They included three wanted clerics -- Ali al-Khudair, Ahmad al-Khalidi and Nasser al-Fahd -- known for their sympathy for al-Qaida, the minister told reporters Wednesday in Tabuk, 60 miles south of the Jordanian-Saudi border. The clerics had urged people to support the 19 militants wanted in connection with a...
  • Riyadh Blasts Mastermind, 10 Others Held

    05/28/2003 8:48:30 PM PDT · by Lawrence of Arabia · 3 replies · 162+ views
    Arab News ^ | May 29, 2003 | Mohammed Alkhereiji
    JEDDAH, 29 May 2003 — Interior Minister Prince Naif yesterday announced the arrest of 11 wanted persons including three religious men who allegedly instigated terrorist attacks. The arrests took place in Madinah during the past two days. “Yes, they included Ali Fahd Al-Khudair, Ahmed Hamoud Mufreh Al-Khaledi and Nasir Ahmed Al-Fuhaid, who claim they are muftis and sheikhs... but they are far from it and they don’t have any standing,” he told reporters. Addressing a press conference in Tabuk in the north, Prince Naif also disclosed that Saudi security agents had identified six of the nine suicide bombers who carried...
  • Saudis mount intense drive against terror

    05/28/2003 3:20:47 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 23 replies · 97+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 28, 2003 | Nicholas Blanford
    Five suspects in the May 12 Saudi bombings were reportedly apprehended this week. RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Under the watchful eye of FBI agents, the Saudi security authorities are using an unorthodox - but apparently successful - interrogation technique against suspected Al Qaeda militants to extract information on the deadly suicide bombings in Riyadh earlier this month. Muslim clerics are being employed to "verbally beat" the prisoners, telling them that they have misinterpreted Islam and should confess all they know to win favor once more with God, according to a Western diplomat in Riyadh. It is a technique that diplomats...
  • Saudi Security Kills Leader of Riydah Attacks, Bin Laden Group Issues Threat on Royal Family [debka]

    05/28/2003 11:16:15 AM PDT · by ewing · 23 replies · 140+ views
    DEBKFILE Anti Terrorism Security Newsletter ^ | May 28, 2003 7:58PM Middle East Time | Gioria Shamis-Retired Economist Magazine Reporter
    Saudi wins out over Al Qaeda in Medina.. Al Qaeda local operative notified superiors by telephone that Saudi Security has killed two of four terrorists cornered in Medina. Ali Bin Khudeir, rated by counter terror experts as the leader of Riydah suicide attacks who entered Saudi Arabia from Northern Iraq and Ali Khalidi.Two others escaped.Bin Laden orginization to have convened a hasty leadership meeting and issued immediate threat of revenge on Saudi rulers.
  • Turn up the rhetoric on Iran

    05/28/2003 9:42:56 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 118+ views
    National Post ^ | May 28 2003 | David Warren/Ottawa Citizen
    It is now emerging from intelligence sources that the reason the United States was able to give Saudi Arabia the heads-up it ignored on the terror bombings in Riyadh, is because the CIA had been intercepting communications between al-Qaeda operatives in Arabia and Iran. The hits themselves helped to clarify co-ordinates; and there is thus little doubt remaining in American minds that Iran is sheltering senior al-Qaeda leaders. The ayatollahs are most likely trying to integrate surviving al-Qaeda resources with those of Hezbollah, their own main horse in terror international. I read some hint of that into the strange remarks...
  • Don't be a monkey! (A must read! about the Zionist media!?!)

    05/27/2003 9:30:57 PM PDT · by USMMA_83 · 7 replies · 239+ views
    The Nation (Pakistan Newspaper) ^ | May 18, 2003 | ANWAR UL HAQUE
    The WTC was attacked twice by the USA and Israeli Zionists to defame Muslims and create an excuse to attack Afghanistan. Putin did the same when he wanted to attack Chechnya. He blew up some buildings in Moscow. Before attacking Iraq, the Global State Terrorists made all sorts of allegations against it. Could the Riyadh blasts be the same tactic for Saudi Arabia? Attacks in Morroco appear to be a Zionist deviation tactic. During the Zionist attack on Afghanistan, an anthrax scare was spread by the dirty liar Zionist media (CNN, Newsweek, Time, BBC, Fox News etc) and now SARS...
  • Iran Agrees to Extradite Al Qaeda Suspects in Saudi Strikes [Including Son of Osama Bin Laden]

    05/27/2003 9:26:44 AM PDT · by ewing · 63 replies · 211+ views
    World Tribune Breaking News ^ | May 27, 2003 | special report staff
    The United States expects Iran to surrender major Al Qaeda insurgents believed connected to the suicide strikes in Saudi Arabia last month.US Officials said that the Bush Administration has obtained assurances that Teheran will arrest and extradite Al Qaeda insurgents in Iran.The officials said that Iran could extradite at least one Al Qaeda suspect to Saudi Arabia over the next few weeks.Officials said that the United States has exerted heavy pressure on Iran to surrender and unspecified number of Al Qaeda operatives.They said that Washington has relayed intelligence information to Teheran that identifies Al Qaeda members in Iran connected to...