Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The latest from our Saudi allies...

...this is an ongoing feature here on Marathon Pundit, reporting on our "allies" in the War on Terror, Saudi Arabia:

From the Tehran Times:

Five Saudi nationals have been killed while fighting against U.S. forces in Iraq over the past week, the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported Wednesday.

Al-Watan said among them was Ahmed al-Wazzan, 30, who had been a teacher in a village in Al-Qassim province, north of Riyadh, before heading to Iraq from a neighboring country.

Saudis who have infiltrated Iraq have been using satellite telephones to call on their relatives and friends to join the insurgency against U.S.-led forces in Iraq, it said.

Al-Watan said most Saudi combatants in Iraq were based in Al-Qaim, western Iraq, near the border with Syria.

(My note: Syria. Shocking! Syria!)

In May, Al-Watan reported the death in action of two Saudis who had entered Iraq from Syria. It also said 137 Saudis have been detained in Syria for attempting to infiltrate Iraqi territory.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saudi al-Faisal said in June that his country was exerting all efforts to prevent Saudis from heading to Iraq to join the insurgency, without giving figures or details.

Many Saudi veterans of the war in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation during the 1980s have since joined the Al-Qaeda terror network of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.

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