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FBI, CIA Join Hunt in Riyadh for Bomb Masterminds

American FBI and CIA agents joined the hunt for masterminds behind the suicide bombings in Riyadh, which U.S. Ambassador Robert Jordan compared to a Pearl Harbor or September 11 terror attack for Saudi Arabia. Jordan also called the attacks on three expatriate housing compounds in which 34 people died as clearly an assault on Saudi Arabia’s royal family. He said he was confident the kingdom’s rulers were taking this seriously. A team of up to 60 members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency arrived in the kingdom on Thursday to help the Saudi authorities hunt down those behind Monday’s bombings in the world’s biggest oil exporter. Jordan, who had criticized the kingdom for not responding quickly to U.S. warnings before the bombings, told foreign journalists on Thursday the attacks marked a watershed for Saudi Arabia’s role in the global battle against terror. Full Story

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