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Treasure in BBC Archives
18 Oct 2001
Modified: 06:56:05 PM
In 1997, the Taleban visited then-Governor George W. Bush's state of Texas to discuss plans with an energy company for the construction of a pipeline across Afghanistan. This is not the work of conspiracy theorists, this is a BBC News report that can be accessed on their website: http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/west_asia/newsid_37000/3702

BBC News
Thursday, December 4, 1997 Published at 19:27 GMT

World: West Asia

Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline

A senior delegation from the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan.

A spokesman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas.

Unocal says it has agreements both with Turkmenistan to sell its gas and with Pakistan to buy it.

But, despite the civil war in Afghanistan, Unocal has been in competition with an Argentinian firm, Bridas, to actually construct the pipeline.

Last month, the Argentinian firm, Bridas, announced that it was close to signing a two-billion dollar deal to build the pipeline, which would carry gas 1,300 kilometres from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, across Afghanistan.

In May, Taleban-controlled radio in Kabul said a visiting delegation from an Argentinian company had announced that pipeline construction would start "soon".



Kabul
The radio has reported several visits to Kabul by Unocal and Bridas company officials over the past few months.

A BBC regional correspondent says the proposal to build a pipeline across Afghanistan is part of an international scramble to profit from developing the rich energy resources of the Caspian Sea.

With the various Afghan factions still at war, the project has looked from the outside distinctly unpromising.

Last month the Taleban Minister of Information and Culture, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said the Taleban had held talks with both American and Argentine-led consortia over transit rights but that no final agreement had yet been reached. He said an official team from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan should meet to ensure each country benefited from any deal.

However, Unocal clearly believes it is still in with a chance - to the extent that it has already begun training potential staff.

It has commissioned the University of Nebraska to teach Afghan men the technical skills needed for pipeline construction. Nearly 140 people were enrolled last month in Kandahar and Unocal also plans to hold training courses for women in administrative skills.

Although the Taleban authorities only allow women to work in the health sector, organisers of the training say they haven't so far raised any objections.

The BBC regional correspondent says the Afghan economy has been devastated by 20 years of civil war. A deal to go ahead with the pipeline project could give it a desperately-needed boost.

But peace must be established first -- and that for the moment still seems a distant prospect.
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its true..
18 Oct 2001
Yeah, the archives all over the net have tons of information on oil pipline plans. As a matter of fact, on my website where I have been posting groups of links to news stories from alternative sources, I had some testimony from UNOCAL to the House (posted on October 11th) as well as whole section of pipline plan links posted on the 8th of October.

Propaganda Arts

Scroll down to the stories on the 8th.
Ex-Unocal Consultant Khalilzad
18 Oct 2001
Former Unocal Consultant Zalmar Khalilzad is presently the Presidential Special Assistant and National Security Council Senior Director for Gulf, Southern Asia and Other Regional Issues who is responsible for attempting to organize a new, stable post-Taliban government for Afghanistan. On March 9, 2000 Special Assistant to President Bush Khalilzad stated the following in a speech at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council: "Afghanistan was and is a possible corridor for the export of oil and gas from the Central Asian states down to Pakistan and to the world. A California company called Unocal was interested in exploring that option, but because of the war in Afghanistan, because of the instability that's there, those options, or that option at least, has not materialized."

A January 18, 2001 UPI web site article contained the following reference to Special Assistant to the President Khalilzad: "One man who will likely be at the center of the nextg administration's policy is Zalmay KHalilzad, an Afghan-American who served under President Reagan's State Department and President Bush's Pentagon...Khalilzad now finds himself...as the man in charge of staffing the Pentagon for the Bush-Cheney transition team...His close friend and old boss Paul Wolfowitz is likely to be the deputy to Secretary of Defense-designate Donald Rumsfeld...As an analyst for the RAND Corporationa and before that the chief consultant for Unocal, the oil company that sought to build a pipeline tghrough Afghanistan, maybe he has said too much...Charles Santos...worked with Khalilzad on a Unocal advisory group in 1996 and 1997.""

Bush Special Assistant Khalilzad has also been a member of the advisory board of the Afghanistan Foundation, which former national security affairs advisers Scowcroft and Brzenzinski co-chair. Former U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger was also employed by Unocal in the 1990s. According to the December 5, 1998 issue of the NY Times: "Unocal opened offices in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan. To help it sell the project to the many governments involved, Unocal hired Senior United States diplomats like the former Secretary of STate Henry A. Kissinger..."