Terror In The Gulf - A Love Story
Terror In The Gulf - A Love Story
Chapter 2 - Bagdad to Las Perlas
The secret meeting in Vienna between Iran, Venezuela, and Colombia resulted in a daring but simple plan that, if successful, would in one swift action raise world wide oil prices overnight and bring the American government a little closer to economic and political chaos. While world attention was focusing on the civil war in Syria and the renewed fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, here was an opportunity to strike a blow against the Western infidels. Al-Qaeda was the perfect partner.
Ever since the horrifying destruction of the two World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda's petty attempts at terrorism within the borders of the USA were considered inadequate - too small and too few - and some had been stopped prior to the terrorist's intended destruction by various branches of America's Homeland Security or FBI. Many terrorist attacks around the rest of the world - such as the USS Cole, the shopping mall in Nairobi, and attacks in Bali, Riyadh, Jakarta, Istanbul, Mumbai, London, Madrid, Benghazi and the Boston marathon - had killed and maimed hundreds, if not thousands, but nothing recent or significant had been accomplished in the Western Hemisphere.
The cooperation of al-Qaeda terrorism was needed to carry out this new destruction. Since the relative success of the Arab Spring, the surprising American government's political cover-up of the Benghazi attack, and lack of any comprehensive American foreign policy, the al-Qaeda leadership was much emboldened. America's resolve to fight terrorism seemed to al-Qaeda to be a policy of the previous administration, but less intensive, less committed. A plan was devised, agreed upon, manned, and financed by Iran and the three rogue nations. It would require international cooperation. If such a strange coalition could work together, al-Qaeda and the three oil nations could accomplish an outcome fully satisfying to both groups. If such a unique plan could succeed, it would attract new al- Qaeda recruits and inspire Jihadists worldwide.
Even though the U.S. Mexican border was said to leak like a sieve, it was too well monitored to allow entry of a team of terrorists who required coordinated timing, good communications, special explosives, a proper boat and a support team. The key to the plan was to avoid entry into the United States and rely on simplicity. There were already many al-Qaeda agents crossing the border. And, the Mexican government wasn't worried about al-Qaeda; they had other problems with their own drug cartels, poverty, migrant children from Central America and an artificial promise to help plug the border. The terrorist attack across the Gulf would originate from Mexico.
After the secret meeting in Vienna, an al-Qaeda agent was sent to the city of Basrah in the south of Iraq. He was instructed, with the help of residual al-Qaeda agents living there, to select two men, favorable to the destructive cause - two men they could trust with money and explosives. Basrah is in a major oil producing area near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and near Iranian Gulf tanker terminals. Certainly two worthy men could be found with radical political leanings favorable to al-Qaeda and knowledge of oil wells. The British military had completed their version of training and pacification in the south of Iraq and in 2009 had gone home leaving a government vacuum in the area. Local al-Qaeda secret records in Basrah had a list of Shiite Moslems who had fought with or against the British; it didn't make any difference which, and who had worked in the oil fields prior to America's first Gulf War - Operation Desert Storm. Men were needed that had some knowledge of explosives and fortunately were still alive. The list was very short, since most Iraqi men with such talents had been killed or captured during the on-going war years. Scholars worried that Iraq, like other war torn n