Five Requests to Saudis Went Unheeded, U.S. Says

(New York Times) In the month before Monday's bombings in Riyadh, the U.S. asked Saudi Arabia on at least five separate occasions to deploy armed uniformed government guards around all Western targets of a possible terrorist attack, Bush administration officials said Thursday. Yet Saudi authorities did nothing to augment security at any of the sites, the administration officials said. Administration officials said they were speaking out in order to prompt the Saudis to cooperate more closely in the investigation into the attack and other possible terrorist plots. American concerns about other attacks, possibly in the Middle East, Africa or Asia, had surged in recent days.

2003-05-16 00:00:00

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