CAIRO, Egypt - A Saudi Arabian terrorist faction affiliated with al-Qaida has
urged Muslim 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. It
was not possible to verify independently that the posting was from the terror
Venezuela's Amuay oil refinery seen at daybreak in Punto
Fijo, 545 km west of Caracas in this May 18 2006 file photo.
Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for last year's attacks on oil installations
in Saudi Arabia and Yemen after bin Laden called on militants to stop the flow
of oil to the West. The group also was behind the 2002 attack on a French oil
tanker that killed one person in the Gulf of Aden.
The article in the online magazine Sawt al-Jihad, or Voice of the Holy War,
said the United States would always need more oil.
"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 US and not only in the
Middle East, should be attacked," said the article.
The online magazine said the aim of the attacks was to "cut its (US) oil
imports or reduce them by all means."
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service declined to comment on the report.
Ray Lord, a spokesman for Chevron Corp., told the Canadian media company
CanWest News the company was not aware of the threat but it takes security
threats seriously. "It is a top priority for us. Ever since 9/11 our entire
company has been on an elevated alert," he said.
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.
Al-Qaida, in a statement claiming responsibility for
attacks in November on oil installations in Yemen, said "these operations were
carried out upon the directive of our emir (leader) Osama bin Laden, may God
protect him, in which he ordered Muslims to strike at the Western economy and
drain it, and to halt the robbing of Muslims' wealth."