The Saudis have killed al Qaeda’s leader in that country, in an operation in which other terrorists were captured and weapons, documents and computers were seized. The dead terrorist, a Moroccan named Younis Mohammed Ibrahim al-Hayari, had headed al Qaeda’s Saudi branch for only a short time, following the death of his predecessor.
While the Saudis have rightly been blamed for their financial support of Wahabbism, which has largely spawned the world-wide terrorist movement, they also deserve credit for the effectiveness of their internal anti-terrorist campaign. The AP article linked to above notes that of the 26 terrorists who were listed as “most wanted” as of December 2003, 23 are dead or in captivity.
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