Statement by Muhammad Bin-Abdallah al-Mas'ari, secretary general and spokesman of the Saudi Committee in Defense of Legal Rights
When checked on 12 November, the Arabic-language website Minbar al-Faruq al-Ikhbari (Faruq's News Platform, http://www.homepagez.com/faroq/), which has effectively replaced the al-Qa'ida's previous website "Al-Nida" (Center for Islamic Studies and Research), was observed to post a statement dated 11 November on the latest bombing of a residential compound in Riyadh, which took place on 8 November.
The following is the text of the statement:
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
A crystal clear statement on the Riyadh bombings
"Al-Muhayya" building complex bombings and the lies by the Interior Ministry
Three huge explosions rocked "Al-Muhayya" housing complex in the western part of Riyadh, capital of the Al Sa'ud family, on Sunday night, 13 Ramadan 1424, corresponding to 8 November 2003. The Al Sa'ud family media rushed to say that the complex "did not contain any foreigners" but Arabs from Sudan, Lebanon, and others, that the dead were five Sudanese and Lebanese, and that the wounded were about 100, most of them children.
Despite our knowledge that the Al Sa'ud family is accustomed to telling open and impudent lies, we did not rush to give a final and firm opinion. We also wondered about the many wounded among children. It was said that 50 children or more were wounded. This is unimaginable unless the children were packed in a school or a kindergarten. Even then, how can schools and kindergartens be open at midnight?
Of course, they could have been in a "night" school, but how can a housing complex the size of "Al-Muhayya" with 220 housing units only, have a night school, when the whole of Riyadh with its millions of residents has only a few night schools?
We did not rush into making a final opinion. We waited until the following day to watch the space channels, especially Al-Arabiyah, as it was the one most likely to provide full coverage with video clips and interviews, since it the channel established by the Al Sa'ud family to rival the irksome Qatari Al-Jazirah channel.
We waited patiently to see the wounded children and the bodies of the dead. But, alas! There was only one child in a chair with no signs of injuries other than a bandaged leg. He seemed in good health and did not show signs of pain. And, when the reporter asked a question, he broke into tears and said nothing. Only God knows if he was actually a resident of that ill-omened complex.
We also saw a lady who looked like an Arab and was to be Lebanese. She had a bandage on one eye and blue marks around the other. But, she did not say anything; or she might have said something that I did not hear. But, another Lebanese lady had slight injuries such as those caused by flying glass in traffic incidents. Replying to the reporter's wicked question if she understood the motives behind the attacks, she said she didn't know, especially since the complex did not contain "foreigners." It was difficult to judge what she said. Was it spontaneous or was she prompted to say it? This was all the illustrious Al-Arabiyah channel could offer.
Therefore, the talk about 50 wounded children was a naked lie. It was only a desperate attempt to play on public sentiments and rouse their grief over "innocent children." Otherwise, where are these "innocent children" and where are the bodies of the Sudanese and the Lebanese claimed to be dead by the regime, which is not known to avoid screening "alarming" pictures.
Than no sooner, our reliable sources contacted us and supplied us with the real details of the operation. Here they are:
1. A number of mujahidin, around 15 in fact, carried out a raid from three directions: The first group came on foot from the direction of the mountain and the other two groups from the direction of the main gate, using vehicles belonging to the Special Security Forces.
2. Most of the mujahidin came out from their vehicles and clashed with the security force consisting of two armored vehicles and some soldiers. A curious question: What kind of housing complex is this, which is guarded by armored vehicles; is it not more likely to be a military base or a spy center?
3. The security force was completely wiped out in a few seconds. At least nine of its members were killed. It also seems that the two armored vehicles were damaged, but this is not certain. The heavy, reinforced gate shuts automatically.
4. The huge reinforced gate was blown up. This was the cause of the first and perhaps biggest explosion, as the gate was huge and made of steel and reinforced with concrete and ceramic layers. Another curious question: What kind of housing complex is this that has a gate of this type; is it not more likely to be a military base or a spy center?
5. Only two cars -- each with one martyrdom seeker who was also its driver -- rushed to their preplanned targets and carried out their mission immediately upon arriving there. These were cause of the two other explosions.
6. The mujahidin withdrew immediately and completely safe without any injuries, except for the two martyrs. The pursuits with helicopters that continued for several hours ended with nothing.
7. The confirmed number of dead, as monitored Sunday night, is 55, other than the guards and the two martyrs. This number may have risen now. The dead are mostly Americans, French, one German at least, and people of other nationalities, including some Arabs. This is in addition to the security men.
Our source has also confirmed that the complex was rented completely by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI. It might have also contained US Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, agents. The Arabs and Muslims -- by name only -- in this complex are villains and agents of those agencies. They participate in interrogations and torture methods, which the Americans prefer to avoid, fearing legal accountability, or translation and support work. It is noteworthy that there are now some 4,000 employees of different nationalities attached to the US intelligence agencies in Saudi Arabia, according to the mujahidin's estimates, which are normally accurate as they are based on information from within the regime.
It is said that the complex belongs to Lieutenant General Al-Muhayya, or his wealthy relatives. If this is true, then it is not strange, as this is the custom of senior Saudi government officials: "Take charge, and I give you a cut," as the amusing parlance of the Hejaz people goes.
We also have comments and observations:
First: The use of the word "foreigners" in this way indicates the real predicament of the Saudi regime. The use of the word was not confined to the regime itself, but we believe that the wounded Lebanese lady was also prompted to use it.
It is understood that everyone who does not belong to "God's chosen people" is a foreigner. Why were the Sudanese and Lebanese removed from the list of "foreigners" and not the Iraqis? And why also did the regime permit their siege, mu
rder, and occupation?
What if the dead were "foreigners," would this have meant that the Saudi regime now agrees with the mujahidin that it is all right to kill them? The fumbling of the regime in its words and expressions has made even the bereaved laugh. May God increase their confusion and fumbling!
Of course, the regime's motivations and purposes are clear and well known. They are solely to distort the image of the mujahidin in the eyes of the local public. But, the regime is unable to find even the right words and precise expressions.
The regime will not succeed in this distortion campaign. It has lied a great deal and kept telling lies. So the people no longer believe its stories. We will recall below an example of its impertinent lies concerning the Mecca incidents.
Second: The vehicles used in the operation definitely belonged to the Special Security Forces. The regime had previously announced that they were stolen. We do not doubt that they were "stolen." But, were they actually stolen or some collaborators within the special security forces had helped the mujahidin to steal them, as is commonly known in knowledgeable circles. If this is true, and it is very likely, then goodbye to (Interior Minister Prince) Nayif Bin-Abd-al-Aziz, because his private army, the Special Security Forces, have begun to rebel and to give support to the mujahidin. Of course, Nayif, with his stupid repressive police mentality, would immediately carry out wide purges within the Special Security Forces, but this would only make them more rebellious and doubtful about the regime's legitimacy.
Third: Cooperation with the mujahidin is not confined to Nayif's army and the Special Security Forces, but has extended to other quarters:
A. Border Guards. Recently officers from the Border Guards were arrested on the charge of smuggling arms to the mujahdin. Some of them are also helping mujahidin to cross into Iraq and also enter this country. This is despite the regime's strict security measures on the exits around Ar'ar. But, the mujahidin have found other exists through which scores pass daily.
B. Armed Forces services. Everyone knows about the recent dismissals and arrests. But, what many people do not know is that over 10,000 informers have been planted in the Armed Forces to spy on their members.
Fourth: The operation, as described by our sources, was a success by all standards from the military aspect. In fact, it was more successful and precise than the Riyadh operation, which took place six months ago, especially since it ended with two martyrs only. The improvement in planning and implementation in this operation, compared to previous ones, makes us believe that it is possible to dispense with martyrdom seekers in the near future.
Regarding the holy mosque in Mecca and the rumors by Nayif Abd-al-Aziz, the biggest liar and charlatan, that the mujahidin were planning "terrorist" operations in the mosque, were sheer lies and fabrications. All that was announced and not announced, but heard of by the people about what took place in the mosque were mere attempts by the regime to arrest some mujahidin. Since the mujahidin were determined not to submit to the arrests, the clash became inevitable. So the religious violation was committed by the regime by starting the clash inside the mosque. The mujahidin were only defending themselves, which is legitimate, as written in the Koran: "But if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith." This is not new to the regime. It has previously done that during the Juhayman "sedition" when it enlisted the help of French mercenaries, as disclosed by the commander of those mercenaries, Colonel Paul Baral in a book published recently. He exposed them before the whole world.
In the recent clash about a week ago, two mujahidin, who were on pilgrimage, were martyred by the bullets of the security forces. Then the regime faked a bombing operation, using their bodies and publishing their photos in the news media. But, God had to expose them. For one of the mujahidin was martyred by a bullet in the forehead, as was clear from the photo. The failure of Nayif, the unbeliever and liar, and his various stupid departments, is incredible!
Most of this information is no longer secret to the foreign press. The Guardian described last week's Mecca incidents as a "botched raid" (last two words rendered in English). The paper simply said that the Saudi Interior Ministry claimed that the men were planning a "terrorist" operation. Even your infidel masters, allies, and friends no longer believe you, O Nayif Bin-abd-al-Aziz!
The episodes of the series "Nayif, what Nayif" are ready:
Everyone in Riyadh knows the story of the gas station that caught fire due to a short circuit. Everyone also knows the story of the "Khanshalilah" asses. But, Nayif says that they are work of "terrorists." There are more such episodes under preparation.
The failure of the regime in all spheres appears clearly from several incidents, of which we mention the following:
1. The massive clash in Al-Suwaydi quarter of Riyadh several months ago. A force of about 3,000 security men could not overcome a single jihad unit of not more than 20 mujahidin. One of them was martyred several hours after being admitted into the hospital. The regime lied when it claimed that it arrested eight mujahidin. The British authorities immediately denied the report, saying that all of the mujahidin except for the wounded one had escaped. But, the British mistranslated some of the conversations they picked up and the information they received. They thought that the group had targeted a western or British site. So they stopped all their air flights to Riyadh for several weeks.
2. The huge clash that took place last week; in fact, it took place at just after 1500 on Thursday 11 Ramadan 1424 Hegira, corresponding to 6 November 2003 and continued for several hours in which Nayif's devils used helicopters in their attempt to arrest the mujahidin unit. All the mujahidin came out safe without any injuries whatsoever. The regime's losses are not known, although it is most likely that it lost some dead and wounded. Of course, the regime did not utter a word on the incident as if it took place on planet Mars and not in Al-Suwaydi quarter in Riyadh!
There is more on the fumbling and failure of the regime and the loss of its prestige:
1. Abdallah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz has struck an alliance with the Qahtan tribe, appointing all or most of his guards from this tribe. How great! But, doesn't Abdallah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz know that his fate would be at the hands of a Qahtan tribesman?
2. The General Intelligence Department has asked the real estate bureaus in Al-Suwaydi quarter to submit all new rent contracts hoping to find something useful by chance. How great! But, what if the wanted person lives there under an old contract, or is one of the landlords? What if he is probably now in Al-Nasim or Al-Rawdah quarter?
3. The Ramadan alms have been disbursed and deposited directly in the account of the deans and professors at Imam Muhammad Bin-Sa'ud University. Is this real appreciation or "purchase of consciences?"
4. Al Sa'ud family refuse to compensate the owners of houses, which have sustained damage as a result of the clashes between the mujahidin and the government in several areas despite the persistent demands by those concerned. Well done, this is how to rationalize expenditures and achieve harmony!
5. Without comment: A new memo to mosque imam says they should not pray for mujahidin, Jews, or Christians.
6. Without comment also: An officer attacks a patrol with an explosive charge in Buraydah, Al-Qasim region, after being dismissed from service for refusing to fight the mujahidin.
7. The Interior Ministry issues a memo not to use uniforms in storming operations. How unusual! The state disguises itself as if it is a gang of thieves. Damn this state!
8. The great calamity: The government of the custodian of the two holy mosques is seriously thinking of closing the holy mosque after 2200 on the pattern of Sidi Abi-al-Qasim Muhammad mosque, which is closed at 2200 every night. It fears the occupation of the mosque, as Juhayman has done. But, the supreme government with the satisfactory policy, could not find a stratagem or a suitable dictum justifying that. So we say, isn't it shameful, O mufti of Saudi Arabia, that you cannot tackle such a simple issue?
Ad now to some of the political repercussions after the operation:
1. Al-Walid Bin-Talal comes forth calling for immediate reform as a means to fight religious extremism. This is a new tune.
2. Al-Jazirah contacts Dr. Abdallah al-Subayh, professor in the Social Sciences Faculty at Imam Muhmmad Bin-Sa'ud University; yes, the very university whose deans and professors received the Ramadan arms. Or the doctor himself might have contacted the space channel. But, it is most likely that the Al Sa'ud regime itself arranged the contact.
At any rate, the doctor's talk emphasizes he need for "dialogue" to close the door of "violence" and win over the angry, revolutionary youths. This is also a new and unusual tune.
We do not doubt that the doctor was not successful in describing the Al-Muhayya housing complex operation as "a great crime." If it were so, the dialogue would be meaningless. Criminals only deserve to be "killed, crucified, and their hands and legs chopped off, or expelled from the land." (Koranic verse) Dialogue will not do with them. It seems that the doctor and the regime did not investigate the question of purification of the soul. How strange is the sect of perishing claimants that says, "we are the beloved sons of God" as for the others, they will perish.
3. Does Al-Jazirah's interview with Shaykh Salman al-Awdah today fall under the same category? Unfortunately, we did not hear the interview. But, we do not rule out the possibility that it followed the pattern of the interview with Dr. Abdallah al-Subayh.
These indicators call for wondering: Did the Pharaoh's people -- I mean the Al Sa'ud Family Council -- reprimanded Nayif Bin-Abd-al-Aziz for his scandalous failure and an order was issued to put out "the feelers" in order to find a more effective and less bloody way out? Can we expect Nayif to be stopped from continuing with his crazy operations and ridiculous, scandalous lies? And even if this were the case, would these feeble maneuverings help the Al Sa'ud family in any way? We say that the "reform train" has already left the station, and there is nothing left for the Al Sa'ud family but to leave, whether peacefully or by war, as a punishment for changing laws, killing Muslims, and striking an alliance with, and in fact submitting to, the warmongering infidels.
Tomorrow is near for the one waiting for it.
(Signed) Muhammad Bin-Abdallah al-Mas'ari, secretary general and spokesman of the Committee in Defense of Legal Rights.
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