Al Qaida-mennene som drepte 22 mennesker i den saudi-arabiske byen Khobar for en drøy uke siden, har lagt ut en detaljert beskrivelse på nettet. Én ting er at de i detalj skildrer hvordan de drepte ikke-muslimer. En annen sak er at sikkerhetsstyrkene beskrives som helt inkompetente.

Scenen hvor et helikopter henger over hustaket og slipper ned sikkerhetsstyrker er arrangert. På det tidspunkt hadde vi forlatt bygningen, forteller Fawaz bin Mohammed al-Nashmi, leder av Al-Quds-brigaden på den arabiske halvøya.

Det høres nesten ut som om de er på en picnic:

The militants then moved into the heavily fortified Oasis Resort, which comprises 200 villas, a hotel, restaurants and spas. There, Nashmi says, they ‘went to the hotel, found a restaurant and had a good lunch and some rest’. Then, ‘we went to the first floor and we found some unbelievers. We slaughtered them’.

Gruppen hadde ikke ventet å overleve. Men operasjonen gikk mye lettere enn ventet, på grunn av dårlig motstand. Det lover ikke godt for fremtiden. Gruppen lover nye aksjoner.

Militants give blow-by-blow account of Saudi massacre
Leader tells how they killed, then ate, slept and prayed

Inntrykket stemmer med det som en sikkerhetsanalytiker gir av regimet: Konteksten var at noen sammenlignet Saudi-Arabia med Irak.

But intelligence analyst Alex Standish warned that even making the comparison between contemporary Saudi Arabia and post-war Iraq was a sign of how much had changed.

«Any comparison to Iraq is deeply worrying,» he told BBC News Online.

Mr Standish, editor of Jane’s Intelligence Digest, suggested that the attacks showed that Saudi security was on the back foot.

Role of public

«Saudi Arabia is and re2_kommentars one of the most tightly controlled societies in the world. The House of Saud knows that it re2_kommentars in power – as the Shah of Iran did – because of its security forces,» said Mr Standish.

«Imagine a situation in the UK where you had 22 fatalities [from a militant attack]. You have to ask, ‘How did it happen?'»

He raised the possibility that if the authorities do not quickly crush the militants, Saudi society may turn against the government and back the radicals.

«There is a real risk that people sensing a regime in crisis may throw in their lot with what they see as a more dynamic force, rather than an embattled monarchy.»

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