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Last American Troops Leave Saudi Arabia

This slipped in under the radar. The last US combat troops left Saudi Arabia last week.

It was all well and good for the US to station half a million men in Saudi Arabia Saddam Hussein had Iraqi troops on the border. But when al Qaida made the American presence in the kingdom a rallying cry for recruiting potential terrorists, the Saudis pulled their welcome mat back inside the tent.

One American diplomat said, “[O]n both sides, actually, the alliance had become a little bit of poison, and both sides were glad to see it end.”

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