'US national' in Saudi al-Qaida cell
A group of al-Qaida sympathisers broken up by Saudi authorities worked for Aramco oil company and includes a US national, a senior Riyadh official has revealed.
The official, who spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity, did not provide more details about the US national, who he said was among the 7-10 people captured during the summer of 2002. Saudi Aramco is the Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company and a spokesman in Houston could not immediately be reached for comment. Adil al-Jubair, foreign policy adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, told reporters in Washington his country had taken many steps to fight âterrorismâ including more restrictions on financial flows. Saudi authorities have detained "well over 500 people" who are âterrorismâ suspects, he said. "We have stifled a number of operations, terrorist operations," Jubair said. "We have contributed to stifling operations not just in Saudi Arabia but in other countries, including in the United States," he added. Reacting to the Saudi revelation, a federal law enforcement official in Washington said the FBI did not have any information about a US national in custody in Saudi Arabia related to such an incident.
The US government originally brought that individual, who was of Saudi origin with an American passport, to the attention of the kingdom's authorities, the US source said on condition of anonymity.
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Posted by: Fred Pruitt 2003-10-18