US, Saudis step up war safety programs in kingdom

03/17/2003
US and Saudi authorities are stepping up security measures against potential sea-borne terrorist attacks on oil facilities in the kingdom even as they prepare for a possible war with Iraq.Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, including its main oil export terminals at Ras Tanura in the Persian Gulf and Yanbu on the Red Sea, have emerged as primary targets with increased security efforts being undertaken to protect them.Sources in Washington, DC, told OGJ that "Saudi authorities are concerned that any new attack will be from the sea, and the Saudis have little capability at this point to protect against a sea-borne attack."Another source told OGJ that the Saudis have some 11 coastal patrol bo...
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