- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 18, 2006

CAIRO — The slain leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia vowed in his final testament that his group would overthrow the royal family and stage more attacks against the kingdom and Americans in the region, according to a video released yesterday.

The video showed Fahd Faraaj al-Juwair wearing a white head scarf and robes as he read his will in front of a map of Saudi Arabia with the slogan, “Expel the infidels from the Arabian Peninsula.” Elsewhere in the video, he appears smiling, wearing a red T-shirt and what appears to be a belt of explosives.

Addressing the Saudi royal family, al-Juwair said, “If you know what the youth are preparing for you, you would be rushing to escape this peninsula.”

The video was sent to the Associated Press in an e-mail. In it, al-Juwair also warned the Americans: “Get out of Muhammad’s peninsula, get out of all Muslim lands, stop supporting the Jews in Palestine, halt supporting Christians in Muslim lands, or else you’ll have nothing but killing, destruction and explosions.”

Al-Juwair was reported killed by Saudi security forces along with four other leading militants in a Feb. 27 raid in the capital, Riyadh. The raid was launched in the wake of an al Qaeda attack on the Abqaiq oil complex, the largest oil-processing facility in the world.

The e-mail accompanying the video confirmed his death, with the phrase, “May God accept him as a martyr,” and identified al-Juwair as the former head of al Qaeda’s branch in the kingdom and as the supervisor of the attack on Abqaiq.

The authenticity of the e-mail, signed by “The Voice of Jihad for Media Production,” could not be independently confirmed.

In the video, al-Juwair addressed Saudi police who have been pursuing militants, urging them to join al Qaeda’s jihad, or holy war.

“What are you going to tell God when you kill a holy fighter in defense of the Americans, or if you are killed while you are defending the despots?” he asked. “Stop working for the oppressors and join the mujahedeen.”

Al Qaeda militants launched a campaign of violence in 2003 in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of group leader Osama bin Laden. Saudi security forces have carried out a heavy crackdown since, killing or capturing most of the group’s leaders.

The Feb. 24 suicide bombing on Abqaiq was the first attack on Saudi Arabia’s vital oil infrastructure. The kingdom is the world’s largest producer of oil.

Bombers in two explosives-laden vehicles tried to ram through the facility’s gates, but were stopped by guards who opened fire on them, detonating the vehicles.

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