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U.S. Praises 'Unprecedented' Saudi Anti-Terror Work

The United States praised Saudi Arabia on Thursday for “unprecedented” counterterrorism work spurred by deadly attacks last year in the capital of the world’s largest oil exporter. In its annual “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report, the State Department emphasized Saudi actions to crack down on Saudi-born Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which is blamed for the Sept. 11 2001, attacks on the United States. The assessment contrasted with tepid comments in the previous year’s report that Saudi Arabia had “continued to provide support for the war on terror” and earlier private complaints by U.S. officials that Riyadh was not doing enough. Suicide bombers attacked residential compounds in Riyadh on May 12 and killed at least 35 people, including nine U.S. citizens, and again on Nov. 9, killing 18 people. Full Story

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