Saudis to Expand Air Base Near Israel

(UPI/Washington Times) - The Saudi Defense Ministry has launched a project to develop and expand the King Faisal Air Base in Tabuk, near the Israeli border. The base is home to about 50 advanced F-15S fighter-jets, which were sent to the facility on the eve of the war against Iraq in March 2003. Under a 1978 agreement, Saudi Arabia pledged not to deploy the aircraft in Tabuk. Israel has also warned the U.S. that the presence of the fighters at Tabuk could be used by al-Qaeda agents within the Saudi military to attack the Jewish state.

2003-12-04 00:00:00

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