Nov 28 2007
Seems more and more people are turning on al-Qaeda because they keep getting captured in ever increasing numbers in all sorts of places. They seemed to be routed in Iraq, apparently also in Algeria, they have been pounded in Lebanon and are under pressure in Yemen. Pakistan is on the march against them and now the Saudis have rounded up a large portion of their media and financial infrastructure:
Saudi authorities yesterday announced the arrest of 208 terror suspects, including 32 terror financiers and a 16-member media cell, adding that some of the suspects had planned to attack oil installations in the Eastern Province.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the arrests took place following pre-emptive operations carried out by security forces over the last few months. He said the suspects had been influenced by a deviant ideology.
â€œSecurity forces foiled an impending attack on a support oil facility in the Eastern Province,â€ the spokesman said, adding that an eight-member cell led by an expatriate man was behind the plan.
These kinds of mass round ups can only happen with the help of observant and supportive civilians helping to provide intel to security forces. It is not much, but if the trend continues we can pretty much conclude al-Qaeda has lost favor in the Islamic community.