The standard assumption is that Al Qaeda has once again achieved tactical success and strategic failure as is their wont. On the other hand, I prefer to engage in wild and baseless speculation.
It may have become clear that the Saudi Entity will be able to get away with their duplicity. As the ultimate goal of the Saudi ruling class is to continue to be the ruling class, what can they do? They’re riding the tiger, having funded the Caliphascists for decades. However, it’s not merely a matter of picking the winning side. If the Caliphascists win, the current ruling Saudis are doomed. So it seems that, long term, the ruling Saudis need to side against the Caliphascists. But how to do that? Well, suppose it turned out that Al Qaeda started bombing sites in Riyadh, Medina and Mecca. Might that not provide an excellent pretext for the Saudi Entity to dispose of them? It’s not clear that it would even be necessary to stage the bombings — a Saudi agent inside Al Qaeda could have “suggested” the targets. I would find it hard to believe that the Saudi’s don’t have agents inside Al Qaeda. The only problem is whether the Saudis are really that clever.