Behind All Those Bloody Incidents: From Kosovo to Afghanistan to Iraq to Gaza


Satoshi Ashikaga - TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Oct 2023

1.0. Preliminary Information:

1.1. The unrealized potential of Palestinian oil and gas reserves | UNCTAD

1.2. “Wiping Gaza Off the Map”: Big Money Agenda. Confiscating Palestine’s Maritime Natural Gas Reserves

1.3. “Natural gas in Israel is a primary energy source in Israel, mainly utilized for electricity production and to lesser degree in industry. Israel began producing natural gas from its own offshore gas fields in 2004.”

1.4. “Katlan, which holds an estimated 68 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas, is located between the Energean-owned Karish and Tanin natural gas fields off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

1.5 “Partners in Israel’s Leviathan gas field off the Mediterranean coast say plans to boost annual production and exports in 2025 to meet growing demand push the estimated value of the reservoir to $12.5 billion.


  1. Israel’s Long-term Energy Strategy:

2.1. Oil and gas exploration | The Times of Israel

2.2. The billion-dollar UAE-Israel gas deal will go forward | Energy | Al Jazeera

2.3. Towards A Sustainable Electricity Sector for Israel | Accelerating Climate Action in Israel

2.4. Israel Oil: The Desert Pipeline That Keeps Crude Imports Flowing – Bloomberg


  1. Behind the On-going Bloodshed in Gaza:

3.1. “Reserves of natural gas were found offshore the Gaza Strip in the year 2000, within the framework of licensing to British Gas by the Palestinian National Authority. The discovered gas field Gaza Marine, though mediocre in size, had been considered at the time as one of the possible drives to boost Palestinian economy and promote regional cooperation…”   Natural gas in the Gaza Strip – Wikipedia

3.2. (8 January 2009) War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

3.3. (9 July 2014)    IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis | Environment

3.4. (6 October 2022) Egypt persuades Israel to extract Gaza’s natural gas – Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East

3.5.  (19 June 2023)    Israel Approves Gas Field Development Offshore Gaza Strip |

3.6. (9 October 2023)  Egypt intelligence official says Israel ignored repeated warnings of ‘something big’

Commentary: It seemed that Israel intentionally allowed the attack of Hamas in order to get the excuse for Israel not only to completely destroy Hamas this time but also to occupy Gaza whose offshore is the area of a tremendous reservoir of oil and natural gas.

3.7. (10 October 2023)    Israel shuts down major offshore gas field amid violence | Reuters

Commentary: If Israel’s one of the top priorities relating to Gaza was Gaza’s offshore oil and natural gas, it was logical that one of the first things Israel did just after the beginning of the attack by Hamas was to protect the major offshore gas field by shutting it down like this.



4.1.0. Behind the U.S./NATO’s War in Kosovo:

4.1.1.“Yes, folks, Kosovos independence is all about oil – at least from a Western perspective.

4.1.2. Natural resources of Kosovo

4.1.3 “Kosovo possesses around 14,700 billion tons of lignite in reserves…the country with the fifth largest lignite reserves in the world..

4.1.4. The Trepca mining complex: How Kosovo’s spoils were distributed

4.1.5. The Export Potential of Kosovo’s Natural Resources and their Impact

4.1.6. Company run by Wesley Clark to invest in Kosovo on diesel productio

4.2.0. Behind the U.S./NATO’s War in Afghanistan:

4.2.1 War in Afghanistan, Oil, Gas and Minerals

4.2.2. Afghanistan: It’s About Oil

4.2.3. Oil and 9-11: The Connection

4.2.4. “The War is Worth Waging”: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas

4.2.5. G.W.Bush, Enron, UNOCAL

4.2.6. The Enron Pipeline Connection To 9/11

4.2.7. Unocal and the Afghanistan Pipeline

4.2.8. The Enron-Cheney-Taliban Connection?

4.2.9.  D. Cheney and Halliburton

4.3.0. Behind the U.S./NATO’s War in Iraq:

4.3.1. Iraq oil money: $150 billion stolen from the country since 2003

4.3.2. Iraq invasion was about oil | Environment

4.3.3. US and Britain wrangled over Iraq’s oil in aftermath of war | Iraq war

4.3.4. Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil

4.3.5. How America’s energy obsession wrecked the Middle East – 

4.3.6. YouTube The Persian Gulf: Understanding the American Oil Strategy


Satoshi Ashikaga is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. Having worked as researcher, development program/project officer, legal protection/humanitarian assistance officer, human rights monitor-negotiator, managing-editor, and more, he prefers a peaceful and prudent life.  His previous work experiences, including those in war zones and war-torn zones, constantly remind him of the invaluableness of peace.


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