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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bombers May Face Backlash

WASHINGTON -- Al-Qaida remains poised to launch imminent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere but appears to have sparked a backlash in much of the Arab world by bombing a Saudi compound filled with Muslim women and children from many countries, U.S. officials said Monday.

A wide array of Arab newspapers and media outlets sharply condemned the attacks Monday.

"What are these people targeting, presenting themselves in such a monstrous manner?" the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television network asked, according to a roundup of Arab media statements by the BBC. The perpetrators "have by themselves, and their sinful hands, brought upon themselves social rejection. ... It is not religious to resort to such ugly methods against the innocent."

The Al-Rayah newspaper, also based in Qatar, said the choice of a residential area "which shelters families of Arab and Saudi nationals, has nothing in common with the jihad slogan under which radical fundamentalist groups, acts ... operate. ... The road they are taking will not lead to any good but to more violence, to more killings as well as to ruining the image of Islam."