Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saudi terrorists rich and driven by revenge

by Karen Kissane from The Age

Most Saudi Arabian terrorists are middle-class or rich and show no signs of psychological problems, according to Bahraini researcher Hadyah Mohammed Fathalla, who studied 45 "mujahideen" arrested or wanted by Saudi authorities for terrorist activity. Ms Fathalla used al-Qaeda documents and videos, as well as interviews, to build a profile of its members in Saudi. The men were not recruited but sought out the organisation. Their overriding motivation was to defend the Islamic community of believers, she said ... Victoria Police deputy commander Kieran Walshe told the conference that the first method of counter-terrorism should be primary prevention: stopping the radicalism and extremism from developing. "This requires intensive and good community policing," he said.

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