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IAGS is not beholden to any industry or political group. We depend on you for support. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. This has changed since September With the threat of terrorism looming, pipeline operators in the industrialized world have taken action to prevent terrorism from harming energy infrastructure with steps that include: Increasing system redundancy, Deploying aerial and ground patrols, and Fortifying pipeline systems against cyber-security breaches.
All these have made the pipeline system in places like North America and Europe relatively secure. But since most U. Unfortunately, the security situation in those parts of the world where terrorists are known to operate leaves much to be desired.
In fact, terrorists no longer need to come to the U. They can achieve the same degree of damage by going after energy targets in their home base where they enjoy support on the ground.
In mid-DecemberArab satellite channels aired an audiotape message by Osama bin Laden in which he called on his cohorts to take their holy war to the oil industry and to disrupt supplies to the U. S from the Persian Gulf. Throughout the world the jihadist message is gradually being heeded and it is becoming increasingly apparent that a new chapter in the war on terror is looming on the horizon and that its primary targets are oil and gas pipelines.
Weapon Of Choice Pipelines are very easily sabotaged. A simple explosive device can put a critical section of pipeline out of operation for weeks. This is why pipeline sabotage has become the weapon of choice of the insurgents in Iraq.
Since President Bush declared the end of major hostilities in Aprilthere have been close to pipeline attacks.
According to the Iraq Pipeline Watch at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, most of the attacks took place in northern Iraq, primarily on the pipeline running from Kirkuk to the Turkish Mediterranean terminal of Ceyhan.
In addition, there have been dozens of attacks on oil and gas pipelines leading to the refineries around Baghdad, primarily near the Bayji refinery complex miles north of Baghdad.
Such attacks also have a corrosive influence on the morale of the Iraqi people and their attitude toward the presence of U.
Worse, the sabotage campaign has created an inhospitable investment climate in Iraq and scared away oil companies that were supposed to develop its oil and gas industry. Emulating the success of the saboteurs in Iraq, terrorists in many oil-producing countries have set their sights on pipelines and other oil installations.
In DecemberSudanese rebels attacked an oil field, killing 15 people. Inpipelines were blown up in Volograd, Dagestan, Stavropol as well as in and around Moscow. In India, a separatist rebel group called United Liberation Front of Asom ULFAwhich fights for independence for oil-rich Assam state, has taken responsibility for a number of pipeline attacks.
Terrorists have already indicated interest in the nearly completed 1,mile Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan BTC pipeline, slated to transport 1 million barrels of oil a day from the Caspian Sea to Western markets through the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
The pipeline is expected to be operational by the end of but even before construction ends, terrorist elements may already be planning attacks on it. The latter group seeks to seize power and supplant existing governments with a sharia-based caliphate for the purpose of jihad against the West.
To satisfy its growing energy needs, China has decided to run pipelines connecting the northwest district of Xinjiang with neighboring Kazakhstan.
Over 10, miles of pipeline crisscross Saudi Arabia, mostly above ground. Were concerted pipeline attacks to spread to Saudi Arabia, repeatedly interrupting the Saudi oil supply, the implications for the global economy could be profound.
Not all pipeline sabotage is politically driven. Thieves often pilfer fuel from pipelines for personal use or to sell on the black market.
Such activity sometimes ends tragically. Inmore than 1, villagers in Nigeria died when a ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded as they scavenged fuel. The cause and effect are not lost on terrorists whose goal, feasibility aside, is to bankrupt the U.They were a small prayer group—a rising-star preacher, an elderly minister, eight women, one young man, and a little girl.
But to him, they were a problem. The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, The attacks killed 2, people, injured over 6, others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
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Moreover, some charities exist solely to collect funds and channel them to terrorist groups (Wilson , p. 29). These, together with the manner in which support for terrorism has been defined in the war against terrorism, has caused some of the counterterrorism legislations to have a .