"They're saying, 'We can get you anytime, anywhere'."

ALI FRAIDOON/AP

RIYADH: A housing compound for Westerners was attacked, leaving dozens dead

People were letting down their guard. Some of the Westerners who lived in the high-walled compounds of Riyadh told themselves the terror threat was cooling now that the war in Iraq was over and the U.S. was pulling most of its troops out of Saudi Arabia. Tourists in Casablanca thought the place was safe for their Bogie-and-Bergman fantasies.

After all, just a week before George W. Bush had boasted to the world that "al-Qaeda is on the run." And with that, it seems, al-Qaeda struck: four synchronized suicide attacks in Riyadh — one of them...

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