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Oil Tankers Seen As Soft Target In Terror Plots Vs. U.S. Economy

On Oct. 6, suicide bombers blew up a small boat alongside the French oil tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen. Though the tanker survived, one crewman died and 90,000 barrels of crude spilled into the sea. Al-Qaida said later it was targeting the West’s “economic lifeline.” In a tape aired by al-Jazeera on Dec. 27, Osama bin Laden said, “It’s important to hit the (U.S.) economy, which is the base of its military power.” Oil is a weapon, says Neal Adams, Houston-based author of “Terrorism & Oil.” Attack the supply chain and you create a ripple effect through the world’s markets, says Adams, a veteran oil engineer, oil-well firefighter and CIA consultant. More than 60% of the world’s oil moves by tanker, says the Energy Information Administration. Full Story

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