A message posted to a password-protected al-Qaeda affiliated forum today, August 19, 2005, addressing al-Qaeda Organization, describes what the author believes to be ?conclusive weapons.? The member elaborates that to destroy the oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia will have greater power than a chemical weapon, is easier to detonate than a car bomb, and at the some time, creates a ?big economic disaster for the American public.? The author notes that Sheikh Usama bin Laden had referred to this in the past as a prudent method of inflicting damage on the American economy.
The message indicates eight points as to why an operation targeting Saudi Arabian oil pipelines has much significance, including greatly increasing oil prices, placing a strain on the Saudi-American relationship, and spreading low morale amongst American soldiers in Iraq and ?when the American public feels that the Iraqi War had brought these economic crises, then they will demand prompt withdrawal from Iraq.? The author believes there is low risk involved in these attacks, and due to the length of the oil pipelines, they are hard to protect. Further, he provides detailed maps which depict the lay of the pipelines, before he states: ?Start it. Start it, al-Qaeda men.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.