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Hidden force behind US attacks: Prince Sultan

October 23, 2001

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 22: Saudi Arabia’s second deputy premier and defence minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz said on Monday that hidden force seems to be behind the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington in which more than 5,000 people killed.

In an interview with the English daily Arab Times, Prince Sultan questioned the ability of Osama bin Laden and his organization Al Qaeda, to accurately planning and execute such a big operation without the help of others.

“A terrorist strike of such a magnitude, precision and accurate planning, able to penetrate the security defenses of the world’s superpower brings us to the question of who could have been assisting Osama bin Laden and his organization. “Who is behind this accurate planning?” Prince Sultan asked.

He said Osama and his aides gave strong indications they were the ones behind this act, but he said we have the right to ask whether it was Osama and his organization alone or another force possessing high technological capabilities are behind these attacks?

He said Arabs were in dispute with the United States over the issue of Palestinian, which has been the chronic flash point in the world for over 50 years. He urged the international community to properly deal with this issue to prevent it from being wrongly exploited by someone as an excuse for international crimes or misdeeds.