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WAR: Saudi Security Forces Battle With Suspected Al-Qaeda Sympathisers

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posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 08:35 AM
A brutal gunbattle between Saudi security forces and suspected Al-Qaeda sympathisers which began yesterday has continued into a second day of fighting. Official reports place the number of wounded security personnel at 15 and the number of militants killed as high as 8. Conflict erupted when security forces launched an assault on the building where the militants were stationed.
The death toll among the militants remained unclear as security personnel were yet to enter parts of the complex where they were holed up in the northern town of Al-Rass, Saudi commanders said. At least three militants had been killed since the gunbattle erupted early yesterday, the commanders said, but Saudi-owned media put the toll as high as eight.

A security source described the targets of the raid as "suspected members of the deviant group", official terminology for al-Qaeda sympathisers.

Violence blamed on al-Qaeda has killed 90 civilians since May 2003, according to official figures. Thirty-nine members of the security forces and 92 militants have also been killed.

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is Saudi-born, and 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks in the US were Saudis.

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Saudi authorities appear to be pursuing anti-terrorism goals with a fervour unmatched in the Middle East. Perhaps this zeal is due to Osama Bin Laden's Saudi Arabian nationality.

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posted on Apr, 4 2005 @ 08:53 AM
sounds like a family quarrel to me. perhaps the Saudi's don't like the way Al Qaeda is spending their money or perhaps they feel that the lack of another major attack warrants a bitchslap to their employees.

posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 04:57 PM
The gunbattle has ended and it has been reported that two of the militants killed were leaders of the Saudi branch of Al-Qaeda.

Top terrorists among 14 killed in two-day firefight
The death toll is the highest in a single fight since the kingdom’s “war on terror” began in May 2003 when suicide bombers attacked three compounds for foreign residents in the Riyadh.

Among the dead were two militants on Saudi Arabia’s list of most-wanted terrorists, said a senior military official in Rass, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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