Al-Qaeda Support Foils Saudi Security Pledges

(London Times) Saudi Arabia's intelligence services are so infiltrated by al-Qaeda sympathizers that the kingdom's counter-terrorist campaign is failing and militant operations are spreading into neighboring states, according to senior Arab and Western officials. The main Saudi intelligence organization responsible for combating al-Qaeda at the Ministry of Interior "is 80% sympathetic to al-Qaeda," said one senior Arab source. "All Saudi intelligence agencies are compromised." The Jordanians have intercepted several al-Qaeda teams who have infiltrated from Saudi Arabia, intending to whip up opposition to the country's leadership among the southern clans, who have tribal links across the border. Two Saudi nationals and a Yemeni were reportedly intercepted after entering southern Jordan with arms to attack a camp where Iraq's police forces are being trained by Jordanian and British instructors.

2004-07-05 00:00:00

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