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Among Saudis, Attack Has Soured Qaeda Supporters

The bombing of a housing compound whose residents were almost entirely Arab and Muslim late on Saturday has appalled Saudis far more than other terrorist attacks, evaporating expressions of support for Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network that were vaguely whispered or occasionally even shouted over the last two years. “They lost their support on the street,” said Ehab al-Khiary, 27, a computer security specialist, standing on a broad avenue packed with cars during the typical 10 P.M. to midnight rush hour of Ramadan. “They are killing people with no cause.” “The street was divided before,” he added, talking about similar attacks against three compounds in May that killed 34 people, including 8 Americans, 2 Britons and 9 attackers. “At that time it was seen as justifiable because there was an invasion of a foreign country, there was frustration.” Full Story

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