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By Robert Rapier on Oct 7, 2010 with 2 responses

Oil Infrastructure and Terrorism – Part III

The secretary of Russia’s National Security Council is now warning that militants have joined forces with pirates to carry out attacks on key maritime oil transport hubs like the Strait of Hormuz and the Suez Canal. According to the EIA, the Strait of Hormuz “is the world’s most important oil chokepoint due to its daily oil flow of 16.5-17 million barrels (first half 2008E), which is roughly 40 percent of all seaborne traded oil (or 20 percent of oil traded worldwide).” The following is the final segment of this week’s three-part series (Links to: Part I and Part II) on oil infrastructure and terrorism. Regularly scheduled programming will follow shortly. The report was written by Donald J. Evans, a Senior… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 6, 2010 with 20 responses

Oil Infrastructure and Terrorism – Part II

Yesterday’s New York Times contained a story that depicts the vulnerability of the U.S. military’s fuel supply chain: U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels In Iraq and Afghanistan, the huge truck convoys that haul fuel to bases have been sitting ducks for enemy fighters — in the latest attack, oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan were set on fire in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, early Monday. In Iraq and Afghanistan, one Army study found, for every 24 fuel convoys that set out, one soldier or civilian engaged in fuel transport was killed. In the past three months, six Marines have been wounded guarding fuel runs in Afghanistan. Also, as an update to the link I posted leading… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 4, 2010 with 35 responses

Oil Infrastructure and Terrorism – Part I

In light of the recent attacks by militants on tankers carrying oil for NATO and U.S. troops, the series that I am posting this week is especially timely. When we consider the dependence of the U.S. and the western world on the Middle East, the potential for terrorism on oil infrastructure looms as a large risk hanging over our economies. This week’s three-part report (for Part II of the series, click here) asks a specific question: Given the strategic importance of Middle East oil to the West and its economic and technological dependence on oil: Why have pipelines in that part of the globe not been primary targets of international terrorism to date? The report was written by Donald J…. Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 1, 2007 with no responses

What a Return Trip to Scotland

Off topic, but on June 30th my family and I flew from Dallas back to the U.K. We had a connecting flight at Gatwick in London, and then we were to fly on to Aberdeen. I talked to my in-laws just as I was about to get on the plane in Dallas, and they acted like they wanted to say something. What I didn’t know is that just before we got on the plane, terrorists had apparently tried to blow up the Glasgow International Airport in Scotland. My in-laws had seen that scroll across the screen on CNN just as we were about to climb on a plane for Scotland. On the way over, we didn’t know anything had happened…. Continue»