Friday, February 23, 2007

America and Canadian Oil

Al-Qaeda has included Canada in a list of countries that it believes should be attacked for providing oil to the United States. Why? Because Canada is the #1 oil importer to the United States. (Saudi Arabia is #2 and Mexico is #3)

Canada has the world's second largest oil reserves when tar sands are included, and is the leading source of U.S. imports, averaging 2 million barrels per day in November 2006.

+ US Oil Imports (As of Nov. 2006)
+ Petroleum

The Saudi Arabian arm of the network posted the threat on Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad), the group's online magazine, according to the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE), a U.S. non-profit group that monitors militant websites. The website is known to be used by Islamist militants. More.

Is your friend pictured here? Do you share the occasional beer or two with any of these men? If so, please invite your local FBI agent to your next outing. Thanks.

NEAR BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Airmen of Task Force 1041 patrol the local area. The task force is a self-sustaining unit and has medical staff, personnelists, information managers and other specialists who are all trained to be defenders

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Airman 1st Class Andrew Hose inspects rounds before he and other Task Force 1041 Airmen go on an off-base patrol.

+ Egyptian blogger sentenced to jail: Suleiman, a Muslim and a liberal, has not denied writing the articles, but said they merely represented his own views.

One of his articles said that al-Azhar in Cairo, one of the most prominent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, was promoting extreme ideas. Another article, headlined "The Naked Truth of Islam as I Saw it", accused Muslims of savagery during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Alexandria in 2005.

Suleiman has also denounced Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president, likening him to the dictatorial pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt.

+ Top court overturns federal security certificates News StaffThe Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously ruled today that federal security certificates, used to detain suspected terrorists, are unconstitutional.
The 9-0 judgment found that the system violated the Charter of Rights.

+ British government to bolster troops in Afghanistan, Will send an extra 1,000 soldiers: Britain has confirmed it is bolstering its force in Afghanistan with an extra 1,000 soldiers. The announcement comes days after the country said it plans to withdraw 1,600 troops from Iraq in coming months.


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