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WORLD ENERGY SUPPLY: Saudi oil targeted, experts say

Terrorists enticed by desert pipelines. Escalating sabotage against pipelines in Iraq is heightening fears that terrorists are planning a wholesale assault on energy targets throughout the region and are taking aim at the world’s largest oil supplier — Saudi Arabia. The head of Saudi Arabia’s government oil monopoly remains confident that the industry is well protected. But independent experts warn that an attack on any of Saudi Arabia’s major facilities could cripple world oil supplies. So far, a year’s worth of terrorist attacks have had little impact on the Saudi industry. While gunmen linked to Al Qaeda struck in May at oil hubs on both sides of the kingdom, killing five people at an oil export facility on the Red Sea and 22 in Khobar in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s petrochemical industry along the Persian Gulf, neither attack directly hit oil facilities. Full Story

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