The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

Housing Compound Received Threats Before Attack One of the owners of the housing compound which was attacked Saturday leaving 18 dead and 120 injured said the compound's administration had received threats over the past month warning against a bombing. Khaled Abdel Rahman al Muhaya told Elaph, an Arab online news website, that they were faxed a number of unsigned threats which were not taken seriously. Al Jazeera meanwhile is reporting that there were two people in the suicide car. At the same time, "informed sources" told Asharq Al Awsat that the attackers painted their car to look like a police car and did not use a stolen police car, as earlier reports had indicated. In Mecca, more than 5000 "highly trained" Saudi security forces were deployed to secure the area till the end of the month of Ramadan. (Elaph, Al Jazeera, Asharq Al Awsat )

U.S. Offers to Help Saudis in Terror War Saying the bloody attack on a housing compound in Riyadh bore the earmarks of al Qaeda, the Bush administration on Monday offered to widen its support for Saudi Arabia in countering terror. (AP)

Analysis & Opinion:

Terror for Terror With the new terrorist strike in Riyadh, the random face of the perpetrators becomes clear. (Al Hayat)

Among Saudis, Attack Has Soured Al Qaeda Supporters The bombing of a housing compound whose residents were almost entirely Arab and Muslim late on Saturday has appalled Saudis far more than other terrorist attacks, evaporating expressions of support for Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network that were vaguely whispered or occasionally even shouted over the last two years. (NY Times)

Battle for Arab Minds The suspected al Qaeda bomb blasts in Saudi Arabia on Saturday took aim at one particular Arab street. But the attack that killed 17 and wounded 122 had a wider target: the entire "Arab street." (USA Today)

Terrorism in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia will have to be prodded to take the drastic steps needed to keep the world's leading oil producer from descending into violent turmoil. (NY Times)

Afghanistan Bomb Damages U.N. Office in Afghanistan A car bomb exploded outside a United Nations office in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday, wounding at least one person, a U.N. official said. (AP)

New Coalition Afghan Operation Underway In the first fighting of a new anti-terror operation, American and Afghan troops clashed with two small bands of enemy forces in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan, killing one and causing the others to retreat, the U.S. military said Tuesday. (AP)

Afghani Warlord Warns U.S. and Pakistan A statement issued by warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and received by Al Hayat newspaper, warns the U.S. against increasing its operations in Afghanistan. Hekmatyar allegedly also threatens Pakistan because of its support to the U.S. The paper is also reporting that sources in the province of Kunar, where the latest coalition operation took place, claim 13 soldiers from U.S. and Afghani forces were killed in confrontations. (Al Hayat)


United States Feds Concerned About Dirty Bombs Despite tightened security, terrorists still have a "very significant" chance of obtaining enough radioactive ingredients to create a dirty bomb, federal investigators conclude. (AP)

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