(aka Muslims) via: Saudi police arrest 9 American ‘terror’ suspects: report
Saudi authorities have arrested nine American citizens among 33 “terror” suspects rounded up over the past week, the Saudi Gazette newspaper reported Sunday.
Four Americans were arrested last Monday and five others over the past four days, the paper reported, citing an unidentified source.
Washington, a strong ally of Riyadh, confirmed it was aware of the report but declined to elaborate.
A US State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP: “We are aware of reports alleging that several US citizens were detained in Saudi Arabia.
“The Department of State takes its obligation to assist US citizens abroad seriously. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”
The Saudi Gazette said the arrests also included 14 Saudis, three Yemenis, two Syrians, an Indonesian, a Filipino, an Emirati, a Kazakhstan national and a Palestinian.
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The English-language daily Saudi Gazette on Sunday reported that four Americans were detained last Monday, followed by another five in the following days.
Six U.S. officials said the U.S. government could not confirm that any Americans were among the 33 suspects detained.
However, two officials said U.S. authorities were still checking names against databases. Saudi authorities were also investigating the citizenship of those detained, one of the officials said.
None of the U.S. officials was authorized to speak publicly, and the U.S. embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The website of the Interior Ministry’s militant rehabilitation center listed four U.S. citizens as having been detained on Jan. 25 and four more over the previous three months.
Apparently, the U.S. can’t even vet who it has already vetted.
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