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Purported Qaeda Tape Vows Attacks on U.S. Interests

An audio tape said to be from a senior Saudi al Qaeda leader warned the militant group would carry out “fierce” attacks this year against U.S. interests and urged Muslims to avoid American civilian and military sites. But the tape by Abdulaziz al-Muqrin, audible Tuesday through a link on the Dirasat Islamist Web site, which carries statements said to come from senior Qaeda and Taliban officials, said last week’s suicide car bombing of a security building in the Saudi capital Riyadh was not the work of al Qaeda. The tape was signed off by Muqrin, who is said to have recently taken over leadership of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally and the world’s largest oil exporter, after the killing of former top operative Khaled Ali Ali Haj. Full Story

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