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Saudi attacks shake expat workers

Larry Thaxter returned to Saudi Arabia in August after being evacuated with the other Western staff of the Saudi Arabian International School last spring. He believed last year’s car-bomb attack on Western compounds in the capital Riyadh, which killed 35 people, was an isolated incident. But despite a massive security crackdown since then, Westerners continue to be targeted by suspected Al Qaeda militants, most recently at a grisly shootout in the industrial city of Yanbu on the Red Sea over the weekend. The attacks are intended to sow fear, and are causing many Western workers to consider whether the higher pay and perks of living here are worth it. If an abrupt exodus of foreigners occurred, the Saudi economy would suffer, say economists.Full Story

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