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An al-Qaida splinter attacked the nearby Ain Amenas gas plant in January 2013, resulting in the death of 40 plant workers, mostly foreigners.
Officials said al-Qaida fighters clashed Thursday with members of one of Yemen’s largest infantry brigades outside Mukalla, a city the militants overran earlier this month.
The family of a Houston man killed in a terror attack on a BP plant in Algeria early last year claims the oil company lied about how the man died and that its Internet access policy contributed to his death.
After years of trying to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent a scathing final letter to their most difficult employee, describing how he failed to turn in his expense reports and carry out orders. Moktar Belmoktar responded the way talented employees with bruised egos have in corporations the world over: He quit.
Katy resident Frederick Buttaccio was killed in the attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria. Another Houston-area man also was taken captive. His fate is unknown.
When al-Qaida tried in 2006 to blow up Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility, arguably the world’s most important petroleum hub, it was taken as a sign of strength that internal security had foiled the attack. U.S. State Department cables tell a different story.
Al-Qaida last summer considered hijacking and detonating tankers in non-Muslim seas to provoke an “extreme economic crisis” in the West, according to documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.