Table: Signs of Stress in the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

LEGAL MOVES

Relatives of September 11 victims file a lawsuit seeking damages from members of the Saudi royal family, banks, and charity groups, charging them with financing the al Qaeda terrorist network.

FINANCIAL STRAINS

Political objections and fear of government seizure contribute to recent reductions in Saudi investors' estimated $600 billion in U.S. assets.

POLITICAL TENSIONS

A leaked Rand Corp. report describes Saudi Arabia as America's "most dangerous opponent" in the Middle East. On Aug.7, Riyadh said it will not back a U.S. attack on Iraq.

BUSINESS BACKLASH

Sales of U.S. goods to Saudi Arabia have plunged 30% in 2002, partially because of a grass-roots boycott of American products.

Data: BusinessWeek

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