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Execution prompts fears of exodus by key foreign workers

Britain and America launched a desperate effort yesterday to prevent more than 30,000 of their citizens fleeing Saudi Arabia in fear after the execution last week of an American technician by an Islamic militant group. An exodus of foreign workers, who are critical to the country’s economy, could prompt the collapse of the regime in the crucial, oil-rich ally. A series of targeted attacks in the last three weeks, culminating in the beheading of 49-year-old Paul Johnson on Friday, has convinced many Westerners working in Saudi Arabia they should leave. The reported death of Abdulaziz al-Muqrin – leader of al-Qaeda-type groups in the kingdom and the man who killed Johnson – at the hands of Saudi security forces on Friday evening has not reassured nervous expatriates. Johnson worked on Apache attack helicopter systems for Lockheed Martin and was held captive for six days before being killed. Full Story

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