Upsetting
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
 
Regardless of why they're doing it, the United States its pulling all of its above-the-board military out of Saudi Arabia. This is thrilling and historic news.

The presence of Western troops in the kingdom irked many Saudis, already angry with the United States over its perceived bias toward Israel.

Ousting U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia became a battle cry of Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, blamed by Washington for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

"There are political advantages for both. The U.S. will have greater freedom of action, the Saudis will feel more comfortable -- and neither of them will have to mention that it was a key demand of Osama bin Laden," Tim Garden, security analyst at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, told Reuters.
 
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