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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, June 10, 2005

Kuwait, Qatar pay off al-Qaida

U.S. sources say protection money against terror.

"Officials from Kuwait and Qatar are paying off al-Qaida so their countries will not experience terrorist attacks, say U.S. sources.

While al-Qaida has reportedly planned terror attacks against Kuwait and Qatar, the two Arab states friendly to the U.S. have been free of any actual incidents recently.

Currently, in Yemen, al-Qaida terrorists are on trial for plotting to carry out attacks on the two countries along with four others.

The eight, including five Yemenis, two Syrians and prime defendant Anwar Bayan Sadiq al-Gaylani, an Iraqi, are in custody charged with plotting to attack the British and Italian embassies and the French cultural centre.

Al-Gaylani is also accused of writing a letter to al Qaida’s Saudi leadership seeking weapons and ammunition, including TNT, Sam 7 missiles, rocket propelled grenade launchers, mortars, mines, remote-controlled detonators and night-vision goggles.

Documents presented to the court in the capital Sanaa alleged the group planned to target foreign banks, American fast food chains, Red Cross offices, DHL offices and western teachers, managers and doctors.

The cell, however, was controlled by "higher leadership" allegedly based in Saudi Arabia, the court heard.

Yemen was the scene of 2000 suicide bombing of the destroyer, the USS Cole, that killed 17 American sailors. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US, Yemen’s government joined the American-led war on terror and cracked down on militants.

The interior ministers of the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council will meet in Riyadh Monday for discussions on combating terrorism and organized crime. GCC Secretary-General Abdel Rahman Attiya said in a statement the consultative meeting would be devoted to exchanging views on security matters and cooperation.

"The meeting will focus on reviewing steps for implementing past decisions regarding security cooperation between GCC countries, especially in combating terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering," Attiya said.

Saudi Arabia has been the site of terrorist attacks claimed by al-Qaida in which as many as 241 people have been killed since May 2003.

The other GCC members are Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and United Arab Emirates."


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