A letter addressed to al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the mujahideen in East Asia was recently posted to an al-Qaeda affiliated forum, suggesting attacks on American oil interests, stating: ?[n]ow is the time to gain more advantages, to hit oil wells, tankers, and oil pipelines,? to cause devastation to the American economy.
The author advocates these attacks on oil interests to affect American debts to China and Japan, believing this will render a ?huge blow? to American investments, stock market, and economy. Further, he writes to Zarqawi that capitalizing on the ?low profile? of America under the ?raids of the mujahideen in Afghanistan and Iraq,? will create both a ?political, information, and economic victory? and severe blow to the ?morality of al the crusaders.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.