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Saudis brandish 'iron fist' against militants who threaten foreigners

Saudi Arabia yesterday vowed to “strike with an iron fist” against militants who carried out attacks and said it was making every effort to protect foreigners in the kingdom. “The government is doing all it can to protect all residents,” the foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, told a news conference. His remarks – apparently intended to reassure western expatriates – came just 24 hours after the US ambassador urged Americans to leave the kingdom, saying the United States could not protect them. Ambassador James Oberwetter delivered his blunt warning at a private meeting with the American community in Yanbu, the Red Sea city where two Americans, two Britons and an Australian were shot dead at an oil company’s offices on Saturday. Two Saudi security personnel also died. Almost simultaneously, a pipe bomb was thrown over a wall of Yanbu international school, injuring a caretaker. Full Story

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