by Neil MacFarquhar
Prince Mamdouh bin Abdel Aziz is holding court in a glass tent with
wall-to-wall beige carpeting erected in the garden behind his low-slung
mansion, recalling the night a decade ago when Osama bin Laden attended an
evening salon to describe his exploits fighting in Afghanistan.
by Tom Friedman
In April 1988 Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to withdraw its newly appointed
ambassador, Hume Horan, after only six months. News reports said King Fahd just
didn't like the U.S. envoy. What the Saudis didn't like about him, though, was
that he was the best Arabic speaker in the State Department, and had used his
language skills to engage all kinds of Saudis, including the kingdom's
conservative religious leaders who were critical of the ruling family. The
Saudis didn't want someone so adroit at penetrating their society, so -- of
course -- we withdrew Mr. Horan.
by Elaine Sciolino
The question is asked quietly by policy makers inside Washington's official
corridors, and loudly by television and newspaper experts: Is Saudi Arabia
heading for an Iranian-style Islamic revolution?
by Elaine Sciolino and Neil MacFarquhar
Fifteen of the 19 men who hijacked four airplanes on Sept. 11 were from Saudi
Arabia, Federal authorities have said, a disclosure that is likely to
complicate an already tangled and difficult relationship between Washington and
by Jane Perlez
Saudi Arabia has so far refused to freeze the assets of Osama bin Laden and his
associates, and has proved unwilling to cooperate fully on the investigation of
the hijacking suspects in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Bush administration
officials said today.
The failure of a critical ally in the Muslim world to address the major
concerns of Washington has put the relationship under increasing pressure.
by Neela Banerjee
Here are the nightmares, the worst confluence of misguided decisions and
startling violence, that politicians and oil executives ponder briefly and then
That sympathizers of Osama bin Laden sink three oil tankers in the Strait of
Hormuz and choke off the narrow, bow-shaped channel that funnels 14 million
barrels a day from the Persian Gulf to the rest of the world. That the United
States attacks Iraq, and Israel launches a huge strike against the
Palestinians, driving them from their camps and staking out more land -- all of
which spurs the Persian Gulf states to cut off oil for the West. Or perhaps
that a popular uprising, led by sympathizers of Mr. bin Laden, topples the
ruling Saud family in Saudi Arabia, by far the world's largest oil producer.
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