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The coming oil war against al-Qaida

'We are aware of a specific, imminent threat to Westerners'

(OILPRICE) — A consortium minding security issues for journalists working in hostile territory warned that credible reports revealed a threat to oil installations in Libya. Islamists based in Libya were said to have played a role in deadly January attacks on the In Amenas natural gas facility in eastern Algeria. Those attacks were said to be in response to an Algerian decision to let French forces use its airspace to fight al-Qaida supporters in nearby Mali. Now, it seems the threat focus has shifted back to Libya, where the government of Moamar Gadhafi has ended and the new war on terror begins.

The International News Safety Institute said it was alerted by “credible sources’” that terrorist groups may be planning attacks on oil fields in Libya. The warning said it considered Benghazi a likely target given the large number of oil fields in the western port city. INSI’s advisory came as the U.S. and British government issued similar warning for citizens remaining in Libya.

“We are aware of a specific, imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi,” a warning from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office read. “We advise against all travel to Benghazi and urge any British nationals who are there against our advice to leave immediately.”

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