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Open and Shut

Reported by Melanie - December 6, 2004

There isn't much doubt as to the identity of the perpetrators of today's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, at least according to reports on Dayside w/Linda Vester today (December 6, 2004), only hours after the attack occurred.

Fox reporter Greg Burke (in Jerusalem) handled the opening segment on the show. He said no one has taken "official responsibility" but that the "Saudi Interior Ministry says the attack is the work of what it calls a group of deviants," which, according to Burke, "means perhaps Muslim extremists, possibly Al Qaeda." Burke said "a former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia" (who Burke does not name) "says it certainly has all the hallmarks of an Al Qaeda operation."

In the second segment, Linda Vester interviewed Mansoor Ijaz, "Fox Foreign Affairs Analyst." Ijaz said he spoke to his "sources" this morning and he thinks there is a "high probability that the people who conducted this attack are in fact part of the Zarkawi [Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi] network in Iraq that got flushed out of Fallujah" when we went there, conducted the house-to-house searches and "essentially cleaned up the city."

COMMENT: Again, only hours after the attack, Fox seems to have this all wrapped up. It was Al Qaeda, most likely the al-Zarkawi branch of Al Qaeda. That was easy, wasn't it?

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