Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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Chronology: Saudi Arabia


1996

July 17: US secretary of defense William J. Perry announced that 4,000 of the 5,000 US soldiers in Saudi Arabia would be relocated to protect them against terrorist attacks. [7/18 NYT]

July 19: The Beirut-based daily Al-Safir newspaper published a statement from "the Movement for Islamic Change" which claimed responsibility for the 25 June bombing at Khubar, near Dhahran. [7/22 FBIS]

July 22: It was reported that Saudi Consolidated Electric Company-East (SCECO-East) had awarded the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Consortium the contract to build a $1.1 billion power plant. [7/22 FT]

July 30: In Jidda, US secretary of defense Perry met with Saudi minister of defense Prince Sultan bin `Abd al-Aziz to discuss the repositioning of US troops in Saudi Arabia that would make them less vulnerable to terrorist attack. [7/31 WP] July 31: Saudi Arabia and the United States agreed to share equally the cost of relocating 4,000 of the 5,000 US troops in Saudi Arabia to the al-Kharj air base, south of Riyadh. [8/1 Aug. 10: The London-based publication Al-Quds al-`Arabi reported that six suspects in the 25 June bombing at Khubar had confessed to the act. [8/13 FBIS] Aug. 14: The government signed the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. [8/15 FBIS]

Aug. 15: It was reported that the government had purchased 12 search and rescue helicopters from the Franco-German firm Eurocopter for $600 million. …

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