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The Petroleum TriangleOil, Globalization, and Terror$
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Steve A. Yetiv

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450020

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450020.001.0001

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Explaining September 11

Explaining September 11

The Oil Factor

(p.55) 2 Explaining September 11
The Petroleum Triangle

Steve A. Yetiv

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes what motivated the 9/11 attacks and what has motivated Al-Qaeda more broadly, with an eye toward answering a particular question: to what extent has Al-Qaeda been motivated by American actions related to Middle Eastern oil? It suggests that Middle Eastern oil was an important factor in the 9/11 attacks because it helped to motivate the attacks, enabled them in various ways such as contributing to the development of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and contributed to a chain of events that contributed to setting up the attacks in the first place. The chapter also details the importance of non-oil factors and the distorted religious lens through which Al-Qaeda's leaders saw the world.

Keywords:   Al-Qaeda, terrorism, terrorists, oil, 9/11, Bin Laden, Taliban

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