So what would it take to qualify them as confirmed militants?

Saudi Security Kills 8 Gunmen, Dozens Hurt

While it’s good to see the Saudi’s getting in on the action of tearing down Al Qaeda, I can’t help but wonder at the policitally correct ignorance we force on ourselves with news releases like this. They have guns. They’re organized and shooting at those trying to enforce the law. They’re militant.

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi troops have killed eight gunmen and wounded another in a protracted siege in the northern town of Al-Ras, where fierce gunbattles raged for a second day with suspected militants, security sources said Monday.