1996 News Story

Rumor denied: no Saudi rejection of U.S. security measure

The United States Department of Defense yesterday denied reports that Saudi authorities had twice rejected American requests to extend the protective perimeter of the Al-Khobar military area near Dhahran where an explosion killed 19 U.S. soldiers last week.  Defense Department spokesman Captain Michael Doubleday stated that since the two sides were, at the time of the explosion, having ongoing discussions, the issue of extending the perimeter never rose above the local level.  It was not a matter of refusal, but of dialogue between U.S. officers at the Dhahran base and Saudi officials.