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May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. ambassador Monday urged Americans to leave Saudi Arabia after a weekend shooting rampage killed five Westerners, and an embassy spokeswoman confirmed that the body of an American victim had been "badly mutilated." Ambassador James Oberwetter met for an hour with members of Yanbu's American community at a hotel whose facade is pocked with bullet holes from Saturday's violence.
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May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. ambassador Monday urged Americans to leave Saudi Arabia after a weekend shooting rampage killed five Westerners, and an embassy spokeswoman confirmed that the body of an American victim had been "badly mutilated." Ambassador James Oberwetter met for an hour with members of Yanbu's American community at a hotel whose facade is pocked with bullet holes from Saturday's violence.
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June 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Six Saudi clerics who once espoused Islamic radicalism have condemned a wave of attacks on Westerners, part of the kingdom's efforts to rally its people against Al Qaeda's campaign to oust the ruling family. The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia met Monday with relatives of two Americans who were the latest victims of militant attacks: Kenneth Scroggs, who was gunned down in his garage, and Paul M. Johnson, who was kidnapped, reportedly after being drugged. Ambassador James C.
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September 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
U.S. envoy Karen Hughes said Tuesday that Washington was concerned about hate literature in American mosques and had asked the Saudi government for help in getting rid of it. The disclosure by Hughes, whose job as undersecretary of State for public diplomacy is to counter the negative U.S. image among Muslims and explain President Bush's policies, came during a meeting with Saudi journalists. It was unclear which Saudi officials the U.S. held talks with.
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June 13, 2004 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A group claiming affiliation with Al Qaeda said it had killed an American and kidnapped another Saturday in Saudi Arabia, amid fresh intelligence reports that the terrorist network's followers were planning similar attacks, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said. "There's a steady stream of information about activity and plotting," said the official, who described the intelligence as an alarming development in the recent spate of attacks against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.
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June 20, 2004 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Keen to show strength in the face of a deepening Islamist insurgency, Saudi authorities televised images Saturday of the blood-spattered corpses of a man regarded as the kingdom's most powerful militant and three key aides. The four men were gunned down by security agents Friday night, just hours after photos of American engineer Paul M. Johnson Jr.'s decapitated body appeared on Islamist websites.
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June 19, 2004 | Megan K. Stack and Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writers
Islamist radicals killed an American engineer held hostage in Saudi Arabia, then posted photographs of the man's severed head and bloodied corpse on a website Friday. Hours later, Saudi security forces reported that they had tracked down and killed at least three militants, including the reputed leader of a group responsible for beheading 49-year-old Paul M. Johnson Jr., a native of New Jersey.
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June 6, 2007 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
THE hem of my heavy Islamic cloak trailed over floors that glistened like ice. I walked faster, my eyes fixed on a familiar, green icon. I hadn't seen a Starbucks in months, but there it was, tucked into a corner of a fancy shopping mall in the Saudi capital. After all those bitter little cups of sludgy Arabic coffee, here at last was an improbable snippet of home -- caffeinated, comforting, American. I wandered into the shop, filling my lungs with the rich wafts of coffee.
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