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Saudi Arabia Arrests Three With Alleged Al-Qaida Links


Officials in Saudi Arabia say authorities have arrested three men with alleged al-Qaida links, including one who officials say was preparing for attacks.

The Interior Ministry says the three used the Internet to spread the ideology of al-Qaida.

It says one of the suspects, identified as Saudi national Abu Osaid al-Falluji, was allegedly involved in recruiting, seeking funding and preparing for terrorist operations.

The ministry says the second suspect, a Saudi national identified as Abu Abdullah al-Najdi, attempted to publish an edition of the al-Qaida online newsletter Sawt al-Jihad.

The third suspect also allegedly planned to use the Internet to disseminate a jihadist publication.

The Saudi government launched an aggressive anti-terrorism campaign after al-Qaida militants launched dramatic terrorist attacks against Western targets in 2003.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.