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VOICE OF AMERICA
SLUG: 2-325678 Saudi Arabia al Qaida (L-O)
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=7/3/2005

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=SAUDI ARABIA/AL-QAIDA (L-O)

NUMBER=2-325678

BYLINE=ROBERT BERGER

DATELINE=JERUSALEM

CONTENT=

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HEADLINE: Senior Al-Qaida Militant Killed in Saudi Clash

INTRO: Officials in Saudi Arabia say security forces there have killed the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist group in the kingdom. Robert Berger reports from VOA's Jerusalem bureau, an Israeli analyst believes it is a limited success.

TEXT: Saudi security forces fought a fierce gun battle with wanted Islamic militants in an upscale neighborhood in Riyadh, the capital. Officials say the leader of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network in Saudi Arabia was killed. He was identified as Younis Mohammad Ibrahim al-Hayari, a Moroccan.

The battle erupted when security forces conducted two simultaneous raids to capture suspects. Four were arrested, and weapons, ammunition and documents were seized.

Israeli counter-terrorism expert Dan Schueftan says it is a limited victory in the war on terror.

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"It does not mean that, in the immediate future, Saudi Arabia will be out of the scope of terrorism, or that a major blow has been dealt to terrorism, because what we have here is a very, very long struggle."

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Saudi Arabia has been hit by a series of major terrorist attacks during the past two years targeting foreigners. The man killed topped a list of 36 most-wanted militants sought in connection with those attacks.

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"It will not change the picture of terrorism, and even if you kill all 36 of them, there will be others to replace them."

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Mr. Schueftan says Saudi Arabia has taken some important steps on the security front to crush Islamic militants, but he believes the radical brand of Islam practiced by al-Qaida remains strong.

Saudi officials have warned in recent days that more terrorist attacks in the kingdom are being planned. (SIGNED)

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