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For Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda Threat Is Now Hitting Home

Kingdom Itself Seen as a Target. Concrete barriers, razor wire and armored vehicles buttress the high walls of the sprawling residential compounds here that house American workers and thousands of other Westerners, an extra layer of protection designed to thwart suicide bombers. Recently, similar defenses have been installed at dozens of other sites in this capital city that were once considered unlikely terrorist targets: large government office buildings, palaces belonging to the royal family and the headquarters of the Interior Ministry, a giant inverted pyramid that houses the military and internal security agencies. As these countermeasures show, it is becoming increasingly clear to the government and many Saudis that the campaign of violence that erupted here a year ago is aimed not only at Westerners long reviled by Islamic radicals, but at the royal House of Saud as well. Full Story

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