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Terrorists Targeted 87 Western Foreigners Residing in Saudi Arabia | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Al-Qaeda-linked cells in Saudi Arabia have targeted western residents through murder and other forms of harm, including shootings, beheadings, and bombing their residential sites, leading to chaos and egging on division with other countries.

However Saudi security forces have always stood up against all such attempts by terrorists.

Al-Qaeda continued to perpetrate attacks killing 87 foreign residents, most of whom were Americans, British, French, East Asian, and African along with 433 others wounded.

Moreover, al-Qaeda has carried out these crimes based on a principal to remove all Mushrikin (polytheists) from the Arabian Peninsula in line with the adoption of the “takfiri” ideology. To see this through they are first resorting to targeting residential compounds in Riyadh, by stalking foreigners and shooting at them.

Al- Qaeda also attempted several attacks on Western diplomatic centers, yet Saudi security forces have thwarted these, reducing over 250 terror plots to failure.

Furthermore, the explosion in Riyadh’s residential compound on May 12, 2003 initiated a fierce series of attacks on al-Qaeda’s terror on Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qaeda plots have primarily targeted Westerners, especially those residing in Saudi Arabia, as well as security officers, companies, and governmental centers all in an effort to weaken and inflict harm on stability, security, and economy, spreading chaos in the process.

The terrorist organization has launched a series of attacks in the country since 2003, including the 2004 murder of Irish photographer Simon Camper.

There was also the December 2004 attempt to break into the American embassy in Jeddah, resulting in the death of three gunmen and the arrest of another two. The incident also resulted in the deaths of several non-American civilians.