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Saudis claim US ignored 'precise' 9/11 warnings


November 03, 2007 12:00am

Article from: The Courier-Mail


SAUDI Arabia could have helped the US prevent Al-Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington if US officials had consulted Saudi authorities in a "credible" way, a former diplomat said in a documentary aired yesterday.

CNN reported Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the US, as saying that Saudi intelligence was "actively following" most of the 9/11 plotters "with precision".

The comments are similar to the remarks this week by Saudi King Abdullah that suggested Britain could have prevented the July 2005 train bombings in London if it had heeded warnings from Riyadh, the network said.

Speaking to the Arabic satellite network Al-Arabiya, Prince Bandar - King Abdullah's national security adviser - said if US security authorities had engaged their Saudi counterparts in a serious and credible manner, "in my opinion, we would have avoided what happened".