JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi court has sentenced 11 men to up to 15 years in prison for membership of a cell linked to al-Qaida that planned to attack US forces in Kuwait and state-owned Saudi oil giant Aramco, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.

The 11 were among thousands of people rounded up as the world's top oil exporter battled al-Qaida militants between 2003 and 2006.

Alriyadh newspaper said the sentences, handed down by the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, ranged from two to 15 years in jail.

"The verdicts ... include 15 years in prison for the first defendant for joining a terror cell which targeted American forces in Kuwait and important Aramco sites," the newspaper said.

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