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Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Counterterrorism Blog: Al-Zawahiri Calls for Attacks on Gulf Oil Facilities

Noting that in the post-Katrina period it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that oil is the lifeblood of the American economy, The CounterTerrorism Blog reports that Al-Zawahiri Calls for Attacks on Gulf Oil Facilities. The Gulf referred to is the Arabian/Persian Gulf. We've had these warnings before (see here, here and here, here), and the Saudis have an establishment to fend off attacks (although some cast doubt on its effectiveness):
Abdallah Jum'ah, CEO of the normally secretive Saudi Aramco, recently went public with details of the state-owned oil company's security arrangements in an effort toreassure doubters. He said company facilities are protected by 5,000 security guards.
"There is nowhere in the world that oil facilities are protected as well as in Saudi Arabia and Saudi Aramco," he said.

Nail Al-Jubeir, spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington, says the kingdom has spent decades beefing up security. "Our oil can come out of the (Persian) Gulf, or... from the Red Sea. We've built in redundancies to make sure there's enough oil for the world and for our income for the future."

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