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Al Qaeda Web site calls for attack on Alaska oil
By Janet McGurty
Published in: Reuters
January 19, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Web site said to be affiliated with al Qaeda is calling for attacks on oil and gas facilities in Alaska, according to SITE, a nonprofit organization that monitors jihadist activities.

The 12-page report on the Web site provides detailed Internet links to maps and information to the Alyeska Pipeline and the Valdez tanker port in Alaska, among other strategic targets both in and outside the United States, said Rita Katz, director of SITE.

The posting was found in late December on a password-accessible Web site which is currently down, Katz said.

"This is part of the economic attack on the American economy called for by (Ayman) al-Zawahri," said Katz, referring to al Qaeda's second-in-command.

Separately, a new audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden on Thursday said that al Qaeda was preparing new attacks inside the United States.

The Web posting cited by SITE contains information on oil production and reserves in Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, California, and Oklahoma, SITE said.

The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, formed in 1970, operates the trans-Alaska pipeline from the state's North Slope oilfields to the Valdez terminal in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

The Valdez is one of the main export terminals in Alaska. A Coast Guard officer said they were aware of the Web site but was unable to comment on it.

A spokesman from Alyeska was not immediately available for comment.


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