Updated on 11-30-2008
Al Qaeda's threat to vital energy infrastructure sites in the Persian Gulf remains serious. My first CT article, co-authored with Professor Jack Williams of Georgia State University, has been published in West Point's Combating Terrorism Center's Sentinel journal. It analyzes the evolution of Al Qaeda's threat to energy infrastructure and proposes an interpretive framework for the threat based on Islamic law and Muslim history.
Update [11/30/08]: Heritage Foundation recently led an exercise that looked at the consequences of a large-scale attack on key energy infrastructure nodes. There results can be found here.
Update [10/18/08]: My post on the recent interview of a senior AQ operative in Yemen discussing the purpose of his activity on the Peninsula -- targeting energy infrastructure.
[Previous update from 5/19/08]:
Some of the support material for the article is available on my website:
Fatwa: The Laws of Targeting Petroleum-Related Interests and a Review of the Laws Pertaining to the Economic Jihad (Partial translation is available through Evan Kohlmann's site, globalterroralert.com)
Book: S.K. Malik's Quranic Concept of War
Thomas Hegghammer's fantastic analysis of Al Qaeda's affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula
PBS' translation of Bin Laden's 1996 "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places."
MEMRI's translation of "Bin Laden's Sermon for the Feast of the Sacrifice." Special Dispatch Series - No. 476 (March 6, 2003)