Oil's terrorist threats

Osama bin Laden exercises a powerful impact on world oil markets. After all, his followers blasted a hole in the tanker Limburg off Yemen a few years back, killing a crewman, spilling tons of oil, and nearly sinking the ship. Now he's at it again."Take jihad [holy war] to stop [the Americans] getting hold of [the oil]. Concentrate your operations on the oil, in particular in Iraq and the [Persian] Gulf," Bin Laden said in a tape-recorded message to followers in December.Saudi Aramco paid heed, saying security measures had been tightened around the company's facilities and personnel. Aramco said company security staff members were on full alert, with more than 5,000 security employ...

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