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U.S.: al-Qaida Able to Bomb Saudi Arabia

Al-Qaida probably does not have the wherewithal to launch a major offensive inside Saudi Arabia right now, but enough operatives remain to pull off suicide bombings such as the ones that have hit the country in recent months, U.S. officials say. The State Department recommended Wednesday that diplomats’ families should leave Saudi Arabia. A U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no single specific threat or piece of intelligence triggered the department’s recommendation. Instead, the decision was based on a review of the entire terrorism situation in the kingdom, the official said. “We’ve seen an increased threat level to Western and American interests in Saudi Arabia, particularly,” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Thursday. Full Story

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