Libya Warns: Oil Tankers At Closed Ports "Will Be Destroyed"

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Armed groups, demanding autonomy for eastern Libya, have invited foreign companies to buy oil from ports they have seized in defiance of the central government in Tripoli. As Reuters reports, "If a ship docks in one of the closed ports," warned Libya's defense ministry, "then we will destroy it," but the group, led by tribal leader and 2011 civil war hero Ibrahim Jathran, shrugged off Tripoli’s warning, stating "we welcome global oil companies ... The oil security guards will guarantee the safety of tankers." The development adds to an air of chaos as the weak Tripoli government struggles to rein in the armed groups that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but which kept their guns and are now demanding political power and a bigger share of the country’s oil wealth.


Via gCaptain (Reuters),

Armed groups demanding autonomy for eastern Libya have invited foreign companies to buy oil from ports they have seized in defiance of the central government in Tripoli.


In an announcement on Tuesday, they also pledged to protect tankers loading crude, after the Libyan defence ministry said it would destroy vessels using ports in the east, which are under control of the protesters linked to a self-proclaimed regional government.




On Monday, the Libyan navy said it fired warning shots at a tanker trying to load oil at the eastern port of Es-Sider, which was seized with two other terminals by the autonomy group in August. The three harbours accounted previously for 600,000 barrels a day.


But the group, led by tribal leader and 2011 civil war hero Ibrahim Jathran, shrugged off Tripoli’s warning by inviting foreign companies to buy eastern oil.




"We welcome global oil companies ... The oil security guards will guarantee the safety of tankers,” said Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, prime minister of Jathran’s self-declared government in the eastern Cyrenaica region.


Workers at the seized ports had returned to work, he said. A newly founded oil company called Libya Oil and Gas Corp would be dealing with potential buyers. A new army and coast guard, made up of Jathran’s battle-hardened fighters, would secure the ports.




Libya’s defence ministry had earlier warned potential buyers against any docking at the seized ports. “If a ship docks in one of the closed ports, and it does not leave the port again, then we will destroy it,” said Defence Ministry spokesman Said Abdul Razig al-Shbahi.


The risks of an escalation were clear over the weekend when the Libyan navy said it opened fire on a vessel trying to reach Es-Sider before the tanker, Baku, turned back to Malta.




The confrontation has raised worries that Libya, also struggling with Islamist militias and armed tribesmen, might break apart as Cyrenaica and the southern Fezzan region demand political autonomy.

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Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:39 | 4314010 MeMadMax
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"The oil security guards will guarantee the safety of tankers"



Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:41 | 4314015 The Gooch
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The Clintons are making money off of this. Somehow.

Somewhere, somebody is dying tonight because of the aforementioned.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:46 | 4314036 DoChenRollingBearing
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Hitlery making a buck or two?

"What difference does it make?!" 

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:57 | 4314051 The Gooch
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About <a href=>this much</a>

edit: html fail.

Happy New Year, Do Chen.

I'm in the process of replacing an assembly full of rollers from Japan.

I'm debating on the geiger counter and hoping Japanese quality control is exactly what it used to be.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:09 | 4314090 Son of Captain Nemo
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Might I suggest a German made geiger counter to measure the radiation levels coming out of your Japanese geiger counter?

If you buy one from Japan like your automobile you'll probably be needing both!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:17 | 4314116 The Gooch
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Is there a German equivalent of NAFTA?

You're assuming we're all fast and furious and/or hypocritical Prius around here.

No Italian Chryslers or MexiCanadian GM.

P.S. Thank God for John Deere global warming snow removal devices.



Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:47 | 4314182 Fukushima Sam
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I'm sure everything is just fine over in Libya.

Remember Hillary Clinton in 2016!  No one loves a good knife-ass-raping quite like Hillary!  Damn the consequences of killing the local dictator who held the country together.  A knife-ass-rape is more fun!

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 03:28 | 4314591 secured_party-c...
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Mrs. Clinton evil.....

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 05:29 | 4314666 lakecity55
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"ring ring"

Bath House: "Hello?"

Hitlery (Red Queen): "Why don't you play a game of solitaire,  Barry?"

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 05:27 | 4314665 lakecity55
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I passed by a Toyota dealership last night. The cars were glowing. Do you think it's due to Fuckoshima?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:43 | 4314177 bobert
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It's easy when the market maker's got your back.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:04 | 4314082 SnobGobbler
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i thought we gave that country to al-ciaduh, what gives!!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:03 | 4314069 Millivanilli
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Dick Cheney said we'll attack Iran if this goes any further.   In other news, doctors have denied his request to install a new pace maker.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:40 | 4314013 The_Prisoner
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Governments don't like competition in the protection racket.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:52 | 4314052 CrashisOptimistic
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This is how warfare will look in the years upcoming.

Those threats thrown back and forth just raise insurance premiums.  When the first tanker is hit, then the insurance is withdrawn.

When the insurance is withdrawn, no 3rd party tanker is going to sail.  Period.

Now extrapolate this to Japan and China, both of whom import millions of bpd.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:46 | 4314184 bobert
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You sound like your handle.

And, you are correct.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 05:24 | 4314664 lakecity55
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(LC55 News)


"China, who gets a lot of oil from Libya, today accused Japanese spies of stirring up trouble in Libya.
"We will not tolerate Japanese spy activity in Libya," said Long Dong, PRC Oil Chief. "Chinese paratroops will descend upon Libya and liberate the oil. Tankers cannot load up due to insurance premiums."

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:41 | 4314020 Musashi Miyamoto
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"We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice will be done," Mr. Obama said from the White House rose garden. "Make no mistake, justice will be done."

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:46 | 4314034 Dr. Gonzo
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"Somebody ripped off the shit I ripped off."

-Cheech or Chong- 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 05:18 | 4314660 lakecity55
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Thu, 01/09/2014 - 06:48 | 4314693 Zero Point
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Wrong. It was Cheech. In The Next Movie.


Thu, 01/09/2014 - 08:28 | 4314757 StychoKiller
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Man, I sho could use some of that "space coke!"

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:47 | 4314040 Mr Pink
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Who coulda saw this happening?!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:49 | 4314043 q99x2
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Think of the fish.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 01:45 | 4314063 Ignatius
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"We came.  We saw.  He died."  --  Hitlery Klinton (ghoulish laugh)

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 22:58 | 4314067 suteibu
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Everything is working perfectly...

..for somebody.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 03:20 | 4314585 secured_party-c...
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Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:33 | 4314151 disabledvet
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It's the Nalbandians! Run for you lives!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:41 | 4314173 Flakmeister
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Oh goodie, I am off to make some popcorn....

If shit get's really serious Brent will top out at ~$120 as the world economy shudders while undergoing a little bit of cold turkey withdrawal from liquid hydrocarbons...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:45 | 4314180 Ranger_Will
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Well the press might call it terrorism, nationalism, revolution, or islamism, etc.  But I can guarantee one thing that Obama calls it: opportunity.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 00:07 | 4314240 Decimus Lunius ...
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This shows what government really is.  Think about it.  The fundamental authority of any government is its monopoly on force.  That is its only authority.  We're just seeing the conest played out.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 00:52 | 4314365 Jack Burton
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America liberates Libya, Al-Qaeda runs wild. America liberates Iraq, Al-Qaeda runs wild. America invades Syria, Al-Qaeda runs wild. And some people STILL doubt the CIA and Al-Qaeda are one in the same. Hmmm. Mark this down, America plans to invade Iran and set Al-Qaeda loose inside that nation too. Being liberated by America is now nothing less than being conquered by Al-Qaeda.

I sense that China and Russia are no longer amused by America's alliance with Al-Qaeda. I sense the next time America liberates a nation, like they are trying to do in Syria, the  push back will be great.

Let us not forget only a few months ago Obama's Al-Qaeda Army inside Syria launched Saudi chemical weapons onto the people in a pathetic attempt to blame Assad. Obama had his finger on the trigger, until Mr. Putin called. And don't think David Cameron did not get the same call. I await the Washington war mongers next invasion, I doubt that either Russia or CHina will sit by and let it happen.

2014 leaves America in a domestic political situation near to the years before the civil war, internationally, the world is near the situation of 1914 before the elties sent their people to die in the millions for the glory of an elite cast of financiers and bankers.

2014, if it's brings a El Nino event, which we are overdue for. I will be back to comment on that at length. "Go long gold, guns, food and friends." Fiat is looking like shit going forward.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 01:00 | 4314381 Overfed
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I regret that I have but one greenie to give.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 07:16 | 4314713 Zero Point
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Great post, but never forget one thing.

The US landed a massive invasion force in Russias back yard, and they did nothing.

Hardly even a peep.

Imagine if Russia invaded Mexico.

Think about the implications of that.

If I'd been leading Russia, I would have invaded Afghanistan (again) as well, and parked my army right next to the US, and called it "helping out, in the war on terror".

No balls, and even less capability.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 07:31 | 4314730 Ghordius
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also don't forget that western troops in Afghanistan had two resupplying routes: one through Pakistan, the other through Russia

then Pakistan closed theirs, and so de facto Russia is supporting western occupation of Afghanistan, and could shut down operations immediately, just by withdrawing it's pass-through permission

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 01:36 | 4314460 dunce
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Our anti-war groupies love to holler no blood for oil but the arabs ignore them and the slaughter continues. We need not go in and take the oil, no matter who is in charge they will sell the oil to all buyers except israel.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 01:43 | 4314470 PGR88
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Obama and Clinton turned this country on its head, gave it perpetual civil war, and made the ground fertile for Al Qaeda


Why does no one discuss this?

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:40 | 4315106 Keyser
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Because they are too busy talking about the US's other "success" stories in the ME, such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, etc... 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 02:23 | 4314527 Joe A
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After all, the conflict in Lybia was all about liberating the oil. Please don't destroy the oil tankers, just block them. What the Meditarranean doesn't need is a gigantic oil spill.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 02:32 | 4314536 Atomizer
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Hillary Clinton campaign slogan, What difference does it make? It's 2016...

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 04:11 | 4314607 orangegeek
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WTI Oil has tanked about 10% in less than a month.


Need another invented crisis to drive up oil prices.



Where are the environmentalists to save the planet from this threat of pollution?



What a gong show.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 08:50 | 4314788 Duude
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If they sink a ship in port, Libyan ingenuity will take 30 years to clear that port for use.

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:25 | 4314877 d edwards
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Another triumph of 0bozo/Hllary foreign policy. (sarc)

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:26 | 4314881 Reader1
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Didn't we sort of do this 200 years ago?  I swear, I seem to remember the U.S. Navy having to sort out Tripoli before. 

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:42 | 4315111 Keyser
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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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