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Saudis Confront Terrorism Anxieties

From the perfume counters at Saks Fifth Avenue to the sheep markets on this city’s edge, Saudis are unnerved about terrorists plotting in their neighborhoods and police lights flashing as the call to prayer echoes over skyscrapers and into the desert wind. There is little solace here these days. Long accused of exporting terrorism, this nation, shaken by attacks on three residential compounds for foreigners that killed 34 people this month, is confronting the reality that it can happen here too. Suspicious-looking men are rounded up, military helicopters circle, and the rich, sipping mint tea by swimming pools, are wary of venturing beyond their compound walls. “We are living in fear,” said Abdurrahman Saad Muhanna, walking with his family in a shopping mall. “I wanted to come here two days ago, but I was afraid something would blow up. I feel Saudis are the victims of two attacks: the World Trade Center bombings because we were all blamed for being terrorists, and now the bombings here that killed our own citizens.” Full Story

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