Hoekstra: Saudi Report of Al-Qaida Cell Crackdown Is Reliable

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 03:33 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The report that Saudi Arabia arrested 62 suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida groups that were plotting attacks against the country is reliable, says Pete Hoekstra, former House Intelligence Committee chairman.

"There's no reason for them to not be reliable," Hoekstra told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "This is one area where there's very close cooperation between the U.S. and the Saudis in terms of keeping the Arabian Peninsula secure and keeping this monarchy in power in Saudi."

"What I take out of this is Yemen is still a breeding ground for terrorists and what we know about al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaida in Yemen, is this is a group that's very interested in exporting terrorism," Hoekstra said.

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The fact that President Barack Obama went public in condemning the Nigeria kidnapping of more than 300 school girls implies that the United States does not actually intend to intervene.

"If you want to go in and have a rescue attempt for these 300 young girls now who have been kidnapped, who are being potentially held for ransom or may be sold off as sex slaves or who knows what, you would think we wouldn't be talking about it, we might not even be expressing any interest at all, but we'd be preparing to get all the information so that we could launch an attack successfully," the ex-Michigan Republican congressman explained.

"The most important ingredient in launching a successful raid of this kind of scope is surprise," he added. "It makes it harder for our intelligence folks or our special operation folks to actually go and do the job."

Obama told NBC News Tuesday that the United States will "do everything we can to provide assistance to them," but that he hopes the kidnapping event will "mobilize the entire international community" to act against the organization that has perpetrated the crime.

Hoekstra also said that there's been no evidence of troops being moved out of Ukraine, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed.

"The reports also this morning indicate that although he said he's moved his troops back and put them back in the bases and those kinds of things, American intelligence and American military have seen no movement that would confirm that."

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