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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A suicide attacker tried to drive his bomb-laden car into the Interior Ministry complex, and militants set off another bomb and exchanged fire with police late Wednesday in Riyadh, capital of a kingdom at war with Muslim extremists.
The first explosion at about 8:35 p.m. shattered windows and sent smoke and flames rising into the nighttime sky near the ministry in central Riyadh. Police officials said a suicide car bomber had tried to storm the ministry, but failed and instead exploded his car just outside.
Originally posted by Gazrok
With the American troop pullout there a while back, the toppling of the Saudi Royals is bound to happen sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, if it happens, they'll be replaced by those more similar to Bin Laden.
Why exactly we ever let this occur, is yet another of the many mysteries of this administration's handling of foreign policy.
His father was a foreign policy genius...man I wish he'd call his dad more often on crap like this....
The troops, indeed, centcom itself is in near by qatar. It just means that they operate out of one location in the penninsula rather than another.
RIYADH (Reuters) - Twin car bombs exploded near Saudi Arabia's interior ministry and a security unit on Wednesday in what appeared to be the latest strike by al Qaeda militants in the world's biggest oil exporter.
Security sources said there was no immediate word of casualties in the central Riyadh blasts, which sent global oil prices higher. It was not immediately clear if they were suicide bombings.
A Reuters reporter said there was superficial damage to the interior ministry building. Helicopters hovered above the area, which was cordoned off by police.
The second bomb exploded near a training center for special emergency forces, a security official said.
"This is most probably a terrorist attack," the official told Reuters. "There was another car bomb at the same time as the first bomb near a training center for special emergency forces"
Originally posted by Nygdan
I'm not so certain of that. The house of Saud has a modernized army and an apparently well controlled police force. It'd be exceedingly difficult for the fanatics to overthrow the government.