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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 03:25 PM
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Saudi Crackdown Encourages Iraq Jihad, Clerics Say
Saudi Crackdown Encourages Iraq Jihad, Clerics Say
Sun August 31, 2003 12:58 PM ET
By Andrew Hammond
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi militants, facing a clampdown at home long demanded by Washington, are heading to Iraq for a holy war against the American "Satan," clerics and analysts say.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said last week that some of those attacking U.S. forces in Iraq are coming into the country from neighboring Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria.

Some clerics in the kingdom said a security crackdown by Saudi authorities on Muslim militants after deadly suicide bombings in Riyadh in May -- leading to bloody clashes and arrests -- was pushing militants to head to Iraq.

"Most youth think the only safe road is to go to Iraq. They are trapped between the international campaign against terrorism and this campaign at home. The only safe haven for them is to go to Iraq," said leading cleric Mohsen al-Awajy.

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jfxgillis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 03:29 PM
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1. LAUGH
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 03:29 PM by jfxgillis
Careful here . . . .

Those Saudi clerics are supporting the Bushies's "flypaper" theory.
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fizzana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 07:30 PM
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2. The 'flypaper' theory is the lamest piece of shit excuse I've ever
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 07:31 PM by fizzana
heard to justify a failed policy. The supply of militants willing to die for Jihad and the opportunity to bed 72 virgins will be inexhaustable as long as the U.S. is in Iraq.

My theory is that the Saudi's don't want to see Iraq's oil supply slipping out of OPEC's hands and they are quite happy to encourage these radicals to get out of their hair and infiltrate Iraq. An Iraq is chaos plays perfectly into OPEC's hands.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Saudi's are offering more than just encouragement to these people.
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jfxgillis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 07:44 PM
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3. Great Minds!!!!
Laugh.

I just offered the same theory in the dupe thread.
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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 09:52 PM
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4. dupe thread
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otohara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 09:56 PM
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5. Dupe - Locking
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