Nov 28 2007

Saudis Take A Huge Bite Out Of al-Qaeda

Published by at 11:27 pm under All General Discussions,Bin Laden/GWOT

Seems more and more people are turning on al-Qaeda because they keep getting captured in ever increasing numbers in all sorts of places. They seemed to be routed in Iraq, apparently also in Algeria, they have been pounded in Lebanon and are under pressure in Yemen. Pakistan is on the march against them and now the Saudis have rounded up a large portion of their media and financial infrastructure:

Saudi authorities yesterday announced the arrest of 208 terror suspects, including 32 terror financiers and a 16-member media cell, adding that some of the suspects had planned to attack oil installations in the Eastern Province.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the arrests took place following pre-emptive operations carried out by security forces over the last few months. He said the suspects had been influenced by a deviant ideology.

“Security forces foiled an impending attack on a support oil facility in the Eastern Province,” the spokesman said, adding that an eight-member cell led by an expatriate man was behind the plan.

These kinds of mass round ups can only happen with the help of observant and supportive civilians helping to provide intel to security forces. It is not much, but if the trend continues we can pretty much conclude al-Qaeda has lost favor in the Islamic community.

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  1. stevevvs says:

    The same country that Beheaded 138 people this year, and released 1,500 Jihadists who repented. Too funny!

    Saudis free 1,500 jihadists after they “repent”
    But what did they repent of? They repented of takfir — the practice of branding fellow Muslims non-Muslims, and thus lawfully to be killed. This practice is used promiscuously by modern jihad groups, and it is that that Saudi authorities made sure they “repented” of — because that targets them. They did go farther — read on — but nagging questions remain.

    “Over 1,500 Extremists Freed After Repenting,” from Arab News

    Record year for beheadings in Saudi Arabia
    Ethel C. Fenig
    Ho hum! Another day, another beheading in Saudi Arabia:

    Sunday’s execution brought to 136 the number of people beheaded in the kingdom this year, according to an Associated Press count. Saudi Arabia beheaded 38 people last year and 83 people in 2005.

  2. Dc says:

    In one door and out the other with the Saudis.