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Saudis Said to Arrest American, Briton

Saudi authorities have detained an American and a Briton for unspecified reasons, diplomats said Saturday. A Saudi newspaper said the American was the brother of two men convicted in the United States of conspiring to aid the al-Qaida terrorist network. A U.S. diplomat at the consulate in the Red Sea port of Jiddah confirmed to The Associated Press that an American citizen had been picked up there by the Saudis, “but we don’t know why.” The diplomat, who insisted on anonymity, refused to name the American. Saudi authorities were not immediately available for comment. The English-language Arab News daily identified the American as Abdullatif Ibrahim Bilal, brother of Ahmed and Muhammad Bilal, members of a group in Oregon known as the Portland Seven who were accused of plotting to join the Taliban in 2001 to fight a holy war against the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Full Story

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