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Compound Was a Lure for Terror, Experts Say

The battered compound that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell visited yesterday is like a little walled village on the eastern edge of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. It is one of many set up for Americans and other foreigners who are drawn to Saudi Arabia by lucrative jobs in private business and for the government. Terrorism experts say the compound where Mr. Powell witnessed the carnage made a particularly appealing target for terrorists. It was the home of about 300 employees and family members of the Vinnell Corporation, a Virginia subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, which for 28 years has been providing training to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. “Given the nature of their involvement, they would have been a high-value target for Al Qaeda,” said Brian Jenkins, a terrorism expert and senior adviser to the Rand Corporation, a California research center. Full Story

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