Yemen plot foiled: The Yemen government says it uncovered an Al Qaeda plot to attack oil and gas facilities in the country. Although the Yemen plot was foiled, Islamic militants have previously carried out a stream of attacks against energy infrastructure in the area, including natural gas and oil pipelines.
Yemeni officials say Al Qaeda operatives were targeting oil pipelines and port cities, with an eye on the country's export infrastructure.
Al Qaeda threat has closed down US embassies in the Middle East this week. Details of the Al Qaeda threat made little reference to the energy sector, but past attacks in the region suggests oil is an emerging target for terrorists.
Al Qaeda threat: Despite the seriousness of the Al Qaeda threat, the apparent targeting of US interests abroad – rather than in the US proper – suggests the group's aspirations have contracted since 9/11.