Friday, February 24, 2006

Saudi Arabia Suffers Foiled Suicide Attack

We are all counter-terrorist when faced with angry death-wish Muslims.

Exerpted from AP release - "Attack Fails at Huge Saudi Oil Site"

CAIRO, Egypt - Suicide bombers in explosives-laden cars attacked the world's largest oil processing facility Friday, but were prevented from breaking through the gates when guards opened fire on them, causing the vehicles to explode, officials said.

It was the first attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia — and it targeted one of the kingdom's most important. The huge Abqaiq processing facility near the Gulf coast handles around two-thirds of the country's oil output, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Intelligence Agency.

Saudi Arabia has been waging a fierce three-year crackdown on al-Qaida militants, who launched a campaign in 2003 aimed at overthrowing the royal family with a string of attacks — mostly targeting foreigners. In May 2004, militants attacked oil company offices in two cities.

UPDATE - Analysis from The Officers' Club, Charlie Munn

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