Can of Worms

(Al-Ahram-Egypt) Gamal Nkrumah - Saudi security forces killed al-Qaeda's reputed leader in Saudi Arabia Abdul-Aziz al-Muqrin in a gun battle last Friday. Al-Muqrin was quickly succeeded by Saleh al-Oufi, an ex-policeman and war veteran of Afghanistan. The quick succession suggests that there is no shortage of militant Islamist leaders in the country, and Saudi analysts believe al-Oufi to be an even more formidable foe of the Saudi authorities than al- Muqrin. The fact that a former policeman succeeded al-Muqrin as head of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia reinforced the widely-held suspicion that militant Islamists have infiltrated all strata of Saudi society including the royal family, the security forces, and the military establishment.

2004-06-25 00:00:00

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