The Taliban's minister for mines and industries began meetings with Pakistani officials yesterday to strategize how they might speed up construction of a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
Such a pipeline would carry about 20 billion cubic meters of gas each year and could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the fundamentalist Taliban militia. The pipeline would be built in western and southern areas of Afghanistan that are currently under the Taliban's control.
Since U.S.-based Unocal dropped out of a consortium of international companies interested in building the pipeline called CENTGAS, Argentine company Bridas has taken over its leadership role.
Past Stories on Pipeline:
Unocal May Rejoin Pipeline Project
Bridas Ready to Build Pipeline Through Afghanistan
12/23/2014 Boko Haram Kidnapped 172 More Women and Children, Officials Report - According to local officials and residents, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 172 women and children and killed 35 people last week.
"They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official reported anonymously.
Reports of the attack in northeastern Nigeria took days to become public news due to a lack of communication - it has been known that telecommunications towers in the area were disabled in previous attacks. . . .