Al-Qaeda Shifts Its Strategy in Saudi Arabia

(Washington Post) - Al-Qaeda forces in Saudi Arabia have shifted their strategy and are now almost exclusively searching for U.S. and other Western targets in the kingdom while avoiding attacks on domestic institutions in a bid to strengthen their flagging network. While al-Qaeda retains its primary goal of eventually toppling the Saudi royal family, an 18-month campaign of car bombings, gun battles, and kidnappings in which more than 80 people have died - the majority of them Saudis or non-Western immigrant workers - has so far failed to generate many new recruits and has resulted in a backlash among many Saudis.

2004-12-21 00:00:00

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