Saudi Arabia Oil Facilities Threated by Terrorists

Saudi Arabia and its Western allies are moving forces to counter a terrorist threat against its oil facilities.

Top world oil exporter Saudi Arabia said on Friday it was taking measures to protect its oil and economic installations from a “terrorist threat”. Western naval forces in the Gulf have been deployed to counter a possible seaborne threat to its Ras Tanura oil terminal. “The terrorist threat to the kingdom’s economic installation exists and it is a declared goal of the straying faction to affect the interests of the Saudi citizen,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said. “Saudi security forces are cooperating and coordinating with the Saudi navy to take the necessary security measures,” he told Reuters.

One presumes “terrorist threat” means al Qaeda in this instance.

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Comments

  1. madmatt says:

    Of course it could just be saudis who don’t like being treated as slaves by gwb’s hand holding buddy and object to his stealing the nations wealth to keep his corrupt and decidedly un islamic family in power!

  2. legion says:

    Matt! SHHHH! Thay’re our _allies_!