Saudi Arabia to question '12,000 citizens'
Riyadh launches full-scale anti-terrorism sweep as rulers acquiesce to American demands to interrogate long list of potential suspects. Saudi Arabian authorities have embarked on a vast anti-terrorism operation in which up to 12,000 citizens will be questioned at the behest of the US, a Saudi opposition group has told the Guardian. “The Saudi government is doing a full-scale sweeping activity,” said Saad al-Fagih, of the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia. “This is causing occasional confrontations with members [of militant groups] who have taken a decision not to surrender themselves.” Several sources in the kingdom had told him of a “substantial list”, provided by the US, naming Saudi citizens to be questioned or arrested, he said. One source put the number of names at 12,000. Others gave lower figures but all were well into the thousands. “There are strong signs that the number is 12,000,” Mr Fagih said. Full Story