March 19, 2003 |
WAR IS HERE. Now it is time for the half-clad, anti-America moaners and the snarling 9/11 memorial trashers and the Dixie Shrews to bow down their heads with the rest of us and pray for the safety of our troops. The blessings of liberty are not secured by pacifiers. A common defense is not provided by "Kumbaya" warblers. It is those in uniform, in arms, in battle whose collective sacrifices have faithfully secured and defended the peace for ourselves and our posterity.
November 13, 1995 |
An explosion today destroyed the headquarters of U.S. military experts in Riyadh, killing at least two people, injuring nine others and setting the building afire, Saudi sources said. An ambulance worker said at least two Americans had been killed. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but the subsequent fire engulfed most of the three-story building in flames, witnesses told The Associated Press. Huge plumes of smoke were visible across Riyadh. Witnesses and Saudi sources said that the explosion could be heard in many parts of the capital and that windows had been blown out in a number of buildings.
June 18, 2004 |
Saudi authorities were quoted yesterday as saying they would not release prisoners in exchange for the release of kidnapped U.S. defense worker Paul M. Johnson Jr., as was demanded Tuesday by his captors. Johnson, 49, formerly of Eagleswood Township in Ocean County, N.J., was kidnapped Saturday in Riyadh by a group calling itself al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The group posted a video on the Internet on Tuesday showing Johnson and threatening to kill him unless the government released hundreds of suspected militants in 72 hours.
October 10, 2012 |
Abdullah al-Luhaymi spends weekend nights cruising around the Saudi capital Riyadh on his motorbike before stopping to meet friends, usually at an American-style fast-food joint. Each month he has more to choose from. "This is where we like to eat and watch people, this is the best area in Riyadh," the 29-year-old university graduate says, sitting on his Kawasaki. He's parked outside Dunkin' Donuts and just down the road from Applebee's, Elevation Burger and Krispy Kreme. People wait in lines to be served.
December 3, 2003 |
Members of a suspected al-Qaeda cell that plotted a foiled car bombing last week were planning to kill senior members of the Saudi royal family and also had staked out a Western-style residential compound, according to U.S. and Saudi intelligence officials. The disclosures came amid new fears of violence in Saudi Arabia, already rocked by bombing attacks that have killed more than 50. U.S. Embassy officials warned yesterday that the Seder Village residential compound in eastern Riyadh remained a target.
May 14, 2003
Ever since 9/11, Americans have nervously anticipated major terrorist attacks. One happened Monday night - no less tragic and depressing for being outside the United States. The early theory is that nine or so well-organized terrorists drove bomb-laden vehicles into three residential compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, firing weapons before detonating their deadly cargoes and themselves. Twenty innocent people, at least seven of them Americans and two of them Jordanian children, were killed.
June 27, 1996
The truck bomb that killed 19 U.S. service members and injured hundreds more in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday is a warning that defending U.S. interests in the Mideast will always be fraught with danger. This is the most devastating Mideast terrorist attack on Americans since the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut 12 years ago. Back then, U.S. Marines were engaged in an ill-defined mission that foolishly linked them with one side of a long-running civil war in Lebanon.
July 21, 2004 |
Sandy Berger steps down from Kerry campaign job Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger quit yesterday as an adviser to Democrat John Kerry's campaign. Berger's decision came as both parties tried to take advantage of the disclosure of an investigation into whether he mishandled terrorism documents. Republicans said the probe raises questions about whether the former Clinton administration official was trying to hide embarrassing materials from the public. Democrats questioned why disclosure of a months-old investigation came just before today's release of the final report by the commission investigating the Sept.
April 29, 2012 |
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia closed its Cairo embassy Saturday and recalled its ambassador following protests over a detained Egyptian human-rights lawyer in a sharp escalation of tension between two regional powerhouses already on shaky terms due to uprisings in the Arab world. The unexpected Saudi diplomatic break came after days of protests by hundreds of Egyptians outside the Saudi Embassy in Cairo and consulates in other cities to demand the release of Ahmed el-Gezawi. Relatives and human-rights groups say he was detained for allegedly insulting the kingdom's monarch.
January 2, 2012
Iraqi leader calls for united nation BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister called Sunday for unity and greater political stability to ensure the country's security after the end of the U.S. military presence. Speaking at a televised celebration in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki warned Iraqis against "excessive joy" over the departure of U.S. troops, saying the country's security situation remains perilous. The last U.S. combat soldiers left Dec. 18. Maliki called on all Iraqis to unite in the interest of the nation and stressed that Iraq needs stability if it hopes to remain secure and rebuild.