Starting in January, Saudi Arabia airlifted hundreds of al-Qaeda terrorists from Iran on government jets and brought them home. The Saudi terrorists had escaped into Iran while running from U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
We are supposed to be allies of Saudi Arabia and we sell them a large number of weapons; however, 15 of the 19 suicide attackers on Sept. 11 were Saudis and Saudi nationals made up a large number of the approximately 10,000 al-Qaeda agents based in Afghanistan. The ones airlifted from Iran were all linked to the Saudi royal family.
While royal terrorists flew in government jets, lower-ranking Saudis had to be content to take a boat home. They were granted safe passage through Iran to the port of Bandar Abbas, where they arrived in Saudi Arabia by sea.
A few al-Qaeda members, such as those who were aides to Osama bin-Laden, are no longer welcome in Saudi Arabia and were told to go elsewhere. One of these was Saudi national Abu Zbeir Al Haili, who was captured by Morocco and is said to have been a leading al-Qaeda terrorist.
During the same period, the Saudi Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 11 Saudi nationals on charges of planning attacks throughout the kingdom, including against U.S. military targets. An Iraqi and a Sudanese national were also arrested.
The authorities don?t know if Iraq was officially involved in the plot. "The security agencies have arrested elements linked to al-Qaeda who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks against vital installations in the kingdom using explosives and two SA-7 missiles," according to the Saudi Press Agency. The Al Hayat daily newspaper in London reported that the SA-7 missiles were smuggled into Saudi Arabia from neighboring Yemen.
If the Saudis start to have trouble with al-Qaeda terrorists inside their own borders, they may realize they have to root out terrorism at home.
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