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Car bomb outside of Ryiad Saudi

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Anyone have info on this? I just heard this on the local news and by the time it sunk in, I'd missed the story?

I did a search on-line and havn't come up with anything yet.
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They crashed it into a compound housing westerners. I am guessing it is like the one Marg and Hilary Briss lived in. My god, that made me shake so bad.

I hope it wasn't yours, yall, or anyone you knew. Hope all of your friends and family are okay as well Cynthia.
post #3 of 58
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My first thought was Cynthia! I emailed her right away, but it's pretty late over there. I hope to hear back from her soon.

Thank you for the update pie . How horrible! I'm at the edge of tears. I just don't know what else to say.

I hope HB and Marg's friends are all ok too.
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I have been trying to find out more information. At least three compounds where westerners live were targetted. The only one that has been identified so far is Al-Hamra, which was our sister compound, and it was located less than a mile from ours. At one time, over 100 employees from my company lived at Al-Hamra, including the company president. I'd guess there are about a dozen left there now.

This is exactly why we left... we anticipated something like this happening, and the only thing that surprised me was that it took so long for it to happen. I don't think Cynthia lives in a compound, so she's probably safe.
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god Hilary I just keep thinking of you guys. I know you are safe in Cheeseland but when I met you, you were still there. I feel ill.
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My Gawd! I keep thinking of the one I used to live in and ___. I hope they are safe.
post #7 of 58
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Thanks for the info HB. No, Cynthia lives in a house, so hopefully, she and her family and friends are ok.

I'm so glad you and Marg are back in the US. I'll be thinking of your friends and co-workers and hope that they're ok

It sounds like this was directly targeted at Americans. I'm just sick about all this.
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The compound where I once lived was not just Americans. Americans were not even a majority there. It was westerners. Briss, you know these compounds. Are they westerners or Americans?
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Here's a not enough info yet BBC story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/3022473.stm
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Ms. Mom, you do know Cynthia's house is in the city and not within a compound? That's a relief.
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I have read reports that identify the three compounds as being Al-Hamra, Jadawel, and Cordoval. I don't remember a Cordoval compound, so I strongly suspect that this was actually Cordoba, which was my old compound. That would make sense, since all three compounds are in the same general area, and all three are on the A list of good compounds. We have been to all three compounds, and have or had friends at all of them.

Most of these compounds are a mix of Europeans, Americans, and people from Middle Eastern countries, such as Lebanon and Jordan. My compound never had a huge number of Yanks, it was mostly Europeans. Many of the Americans were, in the words of our racist compound manager, "plastic Americans", i.e., naturalized citizens. Our remaining close friends at Cordoba are Canadian, Irish and British.

The most serious damage appears to have been at Al-Hamra, and, in the past, there were a lot of Americans living there. Of course, the nationality of terror victims shouldn't matter, but it will get more coverage if there were westerners and/or Americans injured. I read that there was shooting within Al-Hamra before the explosion, and that there were many injuries, and possibly some fatalities.

I hate being right. All of the people that thought we were being paranoid for leaving probably wish they'd left as well.

These are the websites of two of the compounds:

http://www.alhamra.com.sa

http://www.cordoba.com.sa
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HB and MofA ~ I hope all of your friends are okay
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I don't remember a Cordoval compound, so I strongly suspect that this was actually Cordoba, which was my old compound. That would make sense, since all three compounds are in the same general area, and all three are on the A list of good compounds. We have been to all three compounds, and have or had friends at all of them.
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Thanks everyone for your expressions of concern. It is very upsetting news. Earlier today I was watching some of our old videos of life in the Kingdom... we really had some nice times there, and now it's all falling apart.

I have written to all of my friends, to find out if they're OK. I don't expect to hear back from some of them, since I believe the compounds that were hit have been evacuated. My Dutch friend lives in another compound on the other side of the city, so I may hear from him soon. His wife is pregnant, and I think she is far enough along that she can't fly out. He did say recently (jokingly?) that if things got bad they could take a boat to Eritrea.

I also read that the attackers shot their way into the compounds, which means that almost surely some of our security guard friends (mostly Asians) were injured, or killed.
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GOd I am so upset. It is so weird. I don't want this to happen to the place you guys loved so much. I am so so so sorry to the both of you.
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The American presence in the kingdom, home to two of the holiest Islamic cities, Mecca and Medina, is considered offensive by many Muslims

oh and bombs and guns in the middle of the night where innocent people and their children sleep are not offensive? Nice.
post #18 of 58
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I'm pretty sure that Cynthia is not in a compound. However, I still haven't heard from her and that's making me nervous. The first link someone posted here said that several homes surrounding the compounds were destroyed.

I'm sad and sickened by all this. How many more people are going to have to die?

Pie, I totally agree with you. These were people's HOMES! Families with children!! What's wrong with people?

HB, thank you for the links to the compounds. They look like such lovely places. My heart is breaking for all the families who lived there and the families now living in deeper fear.
post #19 of 58
Maybe with the time difference and everything going on she hasn't had a chance to log in.

This is so very sad...HB and Marg.. I hope you hear from everyone and they are ok.
post #20 of 58
the blasts could have messed with communications too. I hope she is alright.
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