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U.S. and Saudis Sensed Attacks Were Imminent

For more than two weeks before the Monday bombings, American and Saudi officials had grown increasingly alarmed by intercepted communications that provided what they called “strong indications” that Islamic militants were preparing a terrorist attack against Americans in Saudi Arabia. “We had indicators that they were planning something,” a senior United States government official said today. “We didn’t know exactly what.” In an e-mail message sent today to an Arabic-language magazine in London, a man American officials say they believe is an Al Qaeda operative described the attack as having been well prepared and said further strikes might lie ahead. In the grim aftermath of the Monday attack, a senior American official offered a similar assessment, saying that the number of vehicles and the amount of explosives involved suggested a well-planned operation that might include future targets. Full Story

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