Saudis Becoming Top Threat to U.S. Troops

(New York Post) Niles Lathem - U.S. commanders in Iraq are facing a growing security threat from Saudi Arabia - which is emerging as a major center for recruitment and financing of terrorist operations in Iraq. New intelligence suggests that after Abu Musab Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden earlier this year, there has been an increase in financing and other support from al-Qaeda cells, radical clerics, and wealthy businessmen inside Saudi Arabia, officials said. "The Saudi border is becoming a real problem - almost as big as Syria," said one official. A series of reports from counterterrorism think tanks found that as many as 55% of Zarqawi's suicide bombers were Saudis.

2005-06-30 00:00:00

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