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Al-Qaida threatens to disrupt oil supplies to U.S.

Al-Qaida threatens to disrupt oil supplies to U.S.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 15 2007. 06 00 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 15 2007. 06 00 AM IST
Cairo, Egypt: A Saudi Arabian terrorist faction affiliated with al-Qaida has urged militants to attack oil facilities all over the world, including Canada, Mexico and Venezuela, to stop the flow of oil to the United States, according to an article by the group posted on the Internet.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said in its monthly magazine posted on an Islamic Web site that “cutting oil supplies to the United States, or at least curtailing it, would contribute to the ending of the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.” The group said it was making the statements as part of Osama bin Laden’s declared policy.
The online magazine Sawt al-Jihad, or Voice of the Holy War, said the United States would always be in dire need of more oil. The posting could not immediately be verified.
“In the long run, America might be able to lessen its dependence on Middle East oil and would be satisfied with oil from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and other new customers or double its dependence on alternative energy resources, therefore, oil interests in all regions that serve the U.S. and not only in the Middle East, should be attacked,” it said.
The Canadian Security Intelligent Service declined to comment on the report on Wednesday.
In Mexico, presidential spokesman Maximiliano Cortazar told reporters that President Felipe Calderon’s government was trying to confirm the veracity of the threat. Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry said it had no immediate comment on the threat.
Al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the last year’s attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen after bin Laden called on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West. The terrorist group also was behind the 2002 attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person in the Gulf of Aden.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 15 2007. 06 00 AM IST