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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 04:47 PM
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Saudi Gunfight Kills Alleged al-Qaida Leaders
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Security forces seized a walled compound Tuesday where Islamic militants had been barricaded for days, ending the kingdoms largest gunbattle with armed extremists. At least 14 of the militants were killed, including top leaders of the Saudi branch of al-Qaida, state television said.

Six others were captured in the three days of fierce firefights in the desert town of Rass, state TV said, citing security officials after the battle was over.

For nearly 48 hours, the gunmen had been holed up in the villa compound about 220 miles northwest of the capital Riyadh and near Buraydah, a known stronghold of Islamic fundamentalists. Surrounded by hundreds of Saudi special forces, they had a large arsenal of weapons and fired heavy volleys of automatic weapons fire and grenades.

In a statement read on Saudi television, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah congratulated the security forces, who had demonstrated their courage in facing up to terror acts. We thank each one of them for their heroic deeds.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7384788 /

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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 04:48 PM
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1. If True, This Is Great News
I hope it's true.

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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 04:50 PM
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2. "Islamic fundamentalists"
Might just be anti-royal family "insurgents", you just never know, do you.
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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 04:54 PM
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3. If They're Really al-Qaida, Then I'm Glad the Saudis Got Them
But yeah, unless that's confirmed, they could probably be anyone.

DTH
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 04:59 PM
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4. Considering the fact that "al-Qaida" remains undocumented
making the claim that this was done by the "Saudi Wing" mystifies my ass.

BTW, tell Michael Webber I said "Hi" if you see him.
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DoveTurnedHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 05:01 PM
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5. Not Sure What You Mean by "Undocumented"
But I will absolutely tell Michael you say hi. :-) Does he know your screen name?

DTH
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 05:04 PM
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6. You know, some sort, any sort of a "wiring diagram"
To my knowledge, connections between any of these people is largely speculative.

I think he might remember.
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Frederik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 06:04 PM
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7. Al-Qaeda exists
but exactly what they do, who they are, how they're organized, how many they are, who they're connected to and what their goals are remains a little more unclear to me. For a little insight (it's by no means exhaustive, but it's well researched), I recommend Loretta Napoleoni's "Terror Inc. - Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism". I think Michael Moore learned of the Dubya-James Bath-Bin Laden familiy connection from that book. Her thesis is that without the "terror economy", worth $1.5 trillion and growing daily, "the Western financial world would collapse". Drugs, weapons, terrorism, gold, diamonds, oil, international banking, it's all inseparable.
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hector459 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-05 06:13 PM
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8. OK, here comes a new batch of faulty "intel"
Just wait. FOX "News" will report on it.
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