Saudi security experts say that the
Saudi Arabian monarchy has managed to
stamp out an al Qaeda led insurgency
that started in 2003 and claimed 264
lives in 25 incidents. The incipient
insurgency started with attacks on
foreign workers and Government
buildings has largely been quashed.
The United States praised steps taken
by the Saudi regime to increase
security even as Saudi officials
boasted of major changes in textbooks
to moderate language. Although many
orthodox religious have supported the
Governmentâ€™s call, the puritanical
â€œWhhabbiâ€ Muslims continue to thrive
and preach their radical ideology.
Over 2500 Saudis have joined the al
Qaeda led resistance against US troops
in Iraq in 2004 alone and people fear
that they may come back to restart the
insurgency in Saudi Arabia. Most Arabs
see the US as an unconditional
supporter of Israel. This belief and
the occupation of Iraq make it an easy
target that has attracted terrorists
from different social backgrounds.
Experts also point out while the
physical structure has been destroyed
the ideological base remains and there
are still many web sites and chat
rooms that preach radical ideology.