Just 10 days after its last security alert in Saudi Arabia, the United States yesterday issued another warning about the threat of new terrorist attacks there and authorized the reduction of its diplomatic staff in the kingdom. The warning also urged the estimated 37,000 private American citizens in the oil-rich Persian Gulf state to evaluate their situation and “consider departing.” The United States will offer free flights for all nonemergency diplomatic staff and any family members at the embassy in Riyadh or two U.S. consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran. The United States took the latest step because U.S. intelligence “continues to receive indications of terrorist threats aimed at American and Western targets, including the targeting of transportation and civil aviation,” it warned. A State Department official called the intelligence “specific and credible” aimed at the U.S. community in general. Full Story
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