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U.S. Says Saudi Al Qaeda Network Wider Than Thought

The al Qaeda group blamed for last week’s triple suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia has a wider network of agents operating in the kingdom than initially believed, U.S. officials said Monday. Thirty-four people died in last week’s assault on three foreign residential compounds in Riyadh, including eight Americans. It was the first time civilians had been targeted indiscriminately in the kingdom, the birthplace of Islam. “We don’t believe there are tens of thousands of active al Qaeda members here, but we believe the al Qaeda presence is more than a single cell or two cells,” a senior U.S. official told reporters. U.S. officials said they had previously considered the al Qaeda problem in the kingdom to be a matter of only a few cells. Full Story

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