• 4 minutes England Running Out of Water?
  • 7 minutes Trump to Make Allies Pay More to Host US Bases
  • 10 minutes U.S. Shale Output may Start Dropping Next Year
  • 14 minutes Washington Eyes Crackdown On OPEC
  • 5 hours The Political Debacle: Brexit delayed
  • 7 hours Tidal Power Closer to Commercialisation
  • 4 hours New Rebate For EVs in Canada
  • 5 hours No Mercy: EU Fines Google $1.7 billion For Abusing Online Ads Market
  • 11 hours US-backed coup in Venezuela not so smooth
  • 15 hours Oil-sands recovery by solvents has started on a trial basis; first loads now shipped.
  • 8 hours Solar to Become World's Largest Power Source by 2050
  • 14 mins Trump sells out his base to please Wallstreet and Oil industry
  • 8 hours Will Trump Cave Again
  • 9 hours Read: OPEC THREATENED TO KILL US SHALE
  • 19 hours Biomass, Ethanol No Longer Green
  • 18 hours Malaysia Oil & Gas Updates
  • 14 hours Boeing Faces Safety Questions After Second 737 Crash In Five Months

Breaking News:

UK Oil, Gas Production Up 20% Since 2014

Saudi Arabia’s Delicate Baku Balancing Act

Saudi Arabia’s Delicate Baku Balancing Act

OPEC and Russia are meeting…

Cloud Peak On Brink Of Collapse After Bad Coal Bet

Cloud Peak On Brink Of Collapse After Bad Coal Bet

The U.S. power sector’s pivot…

Al-Qaeda Foiled in Plot to Attack Yemen Energy Infrastructure

Ever since civil unrest led to the toppling of President Ali Abdullah Salehas in 2011, Yemen has struggled to contain the rise of Islamic militants operating within its borders, even with the help of the US military.

US, British, and French embassies were closed recently, after a message was intercepted on the 4th of August from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda in Pakistan and successor to Osama bin Laden, to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the head of al-Qaeda in Yemen, mentioning a planned attack that was to happen shortly.

It seems as though that attack may have now been foiled, after Yemen’s government has just released that it uncovered an al-Qaeda attack to seize various facilities in the dangerous southwestern province of Hadramut.

Related article: Is Oil the Next Front in Al-Qaida's War?

Rajeh Badi, advisor to Prime Minister Mohamed Salem Basindwah, told Bloomberg that the militants were prevented from carrying out their plot to attack the al-Dhabah oil export terminal, and the LNG facility in Shabwah province, as well as the planned seizure of the port city of Mukalla in Hadramut.

Badi stated that “concerns remain high about other plots and plans by al-Qaeda,” who are targeting Saudi Arabian and Western targets.

The US, in response to the new threats posed by al-Qaeda, have increased their attacks via missle-armed drone aircraft; reporting that at least seven militants died during a strike in Shabwah on Wednesday, and four more in the Marib province on Tuesday.

Related article: Iran Gets Creative Over Energy Payments from Turkey and Pakistan

Islamic militants have carried out a stream of attacks against energy infrastructure around Yemen, including natural gas and oil pipelines, and have, in this way, managed to slow the economic recovery of the country.

Theodore Karasik, the director of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, told Bloomberg that “the situation in Yemen is continuously bad because of the inability of the central government to control any part of the country. Within al-Qaeda military doctrine, attacking energy infrastructure, such as pipelines or ports, is seen as a potent tool. It is a major part of their doctrine.”

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News