US training Saudi oil security force
2007-08-24 - AFP - US defence giant Lockheed Martin is reportedly training thousands of recruits for a special force designed to protect Saudi Arabia's oil facilities from attack. Saudi authorities have recruited around 5,000 members of the Facilities Security Force and plan to raise the number to 8,000-10,000 over the next two years as an interim target. The plan to set up a 35,000-strong force to guard oil and other vital installations was announced in July by Interior Minister Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz as the oil powerhouse continues to battle suspected Al-Qaeda militants.  

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