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Saudi offers Islamist militants the gun or the sword, but no talks

Saudi Arabia vowed to talk to Islamist militants fighting to overthrow the regime only with guns or swords, spurning a move by Muslim clerics to mediate in a bid to stop further suicide bombings. “We can talk to them only with the gun and the sword,” Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said. The hardline message offered no hope of compromise after the Al-Qaeda terror network claimed responsibility for killing 17 people and wounding 122 more — nearly all of them Arabs – at a Riyadh housing compound at midnight Saturday. It also threatened more attacks. “Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks on al-Muhaya in Riyadh this past Saturday and said in an e-mail message … that the next strikes will be in the Gulf, America and Iraq,” said Saudi weekly Al-Majalla. Full Story

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