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September 21, 2004
Clip No.
274

Terrorists Recount Their Al-Qaeda Experiences on Saudi TV

The following are excerpts from interviews with Saudi Al-Qa'eda terrorist detained in Saudi Arabia:

Khaled Al-Farraj: When I left for Afghanistan following the events of 9/11, I met a few young men there, who suggested that I operate here, in Saudi Arabia. When I returned, contact was made with them, after which I joined one of the cells in Saudi Arabia.

'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashud: As for military goals, there are two types: The first goal is the declared targets. As I've said, this means attacking targets they try to depict as Crusader centers in the Arabian Peninsula. This is to persuade the people that the Land of the Two Holy Places is occupied by the Crusaders, which is, one of their targets. They try to prove it to the people.

There are also covert targets, which they try to deny attacking, but they are the ones who carry out these [operations], such as, attacks on military bases and surveillance of internal security officers, and attempts to bomb them or gun them down.