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KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia -- Sheik Mohammed al-Tawwash did not mention the United States or Osama bin Laden by name, but the meaning of his words -- in the first hours of the holy month of Ramadan -- were clear.
At a Khobar mosque, he asked God to "protect the innocent Muslims and give them victory over the infidels and enemies of Islam."
Throughout the Middle East, the spiritual mingled with the political on Friday. Ramadan -- which commemorates God's revelation of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, to the Prophet Muhammad about 1,400 years ago -- began with introspection, with services and with prayers by many for victory over U.S.-led forces.
In Saudi Arabia, closely tied to the United States, Crown Prince Abdullah had urged clerics to be cautious; they had a responsibility toward their faith and government, he said.