A leading Saudi dissident said Thursday that Osama bin Laden had gained broad support in his native Saudi Arabia, where his followers are chief suspects in this week’s suicide bombings that killed 34 people. “They can survive any crackdown,” Saad al-Fagih, head of the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, told Reuters in an interview at his modest family home in north London. Fagih, whose group launched a satellite television channel aimed at Saudi viewers this week, dismissed as naive the idea that the Saudi royal family was “soft” on Islamist militants. But he said Saudi rulers were fractious, aging and out of touch with their people. Obsessed with secrecy, their instincts were to conceal problems from the outside world. Full Story
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