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New units will guard oil fields
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia will set up special security units to protect oil and industrial sites against militant attacks, the interior minister said this week.
Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz also told members of the unelected Shura Council that the kingdom has foiled at least two major plots since 2006 to hit major oil facilities in the kingdom, the world’s largest oil exporter.
Prince Nayef told the quasiparliament Sunday that preparations were being made to establish a force of 35,000 men to protect Saudi oil and industrial installations.
Government concedes bite of sanctions
TEHRAN — Iran conceded yesterday that U.S.-backed international sanctions imposed over its suspect nuclear programs were harming the country’s ability to invest in oil infrastructure.
“The problems that they have made for banks have troubled financing of some projects,” Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh told the official IRNA news agency.
He said that the government was attempting to use its own resources, built up from the windfall receipts of recent years of high world oil prices, to cover the shortfall.
Olmert a no-show at war memorial
JERUSALEM — Families of Israelis killed in last year’s war in Lebanon held a memorial ceremony at the national military cemetery this week, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not attend, drawing harsh criticism.
The war cost Mr. Olmert most of his popular support and could yet cost him his job. Two other wartime leaders who have already been forced out of office — ex-Defense Minister Amir Peretz and ousted army Chief of Staff Dan Halutz — joined the gathering Monday at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery.
Mr. Peretz’s replacement as defense minister, Ehud Barak, raised questions about the war at the ceremony, in his first major address since taking office June 19.
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