Al Qaeda Insurgents Surround Iraq's Largest Refinery

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While there had been sporadic reports over the past few days that Al Qaeda's ISIS spinoff had surrounded or even taken control of Iraq's largest refinery in Baiji, the government was quick to deny such rumors. As was reported earlier, the Baiji refinery remained under government control on Thursday after Sunni rebels' offensive through northern Iraq, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said. Luaibi said Iraq was not importing any additional fuel and that stored supplies of gasoline and diesel were good.

Militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, who seized Iraq's second biggest city of Mosul this week, advanced into the oil refinery town of Baiji on Wednesday, setting the court house and police station on fire.


"Baiji refinery is totally secured by the special forces and operating normally now," an official at the refinery said on Thursday.

It may be time to hit F5, because a few short hours later, and moments ago, Reuters reported that the Baiji refinery appears set to fall in Al Qaeda's hands.

Insurgents surrounded Iraq's largest refinery in the northern town of Baiji on Thursday, police and an engineer inside said.


Sunni militants first moved into Baiji late on Tuesday, closing in on the refinery, but later withdrew to the surrounding villages after reaching a deal with local tribal chiefs.


A witness who lives in a house near the refinery said the militants arrived in more than 50 vehicles.

Here is a quick snapshot of the refinery's capacity:

North Refineries Co. of Iraq named Honeywell the main engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for an upgrade of automation systems at its 310,000-b/d hydroskimming and hydrocracking refinery in Baiji. Honeywell will fully automate the refinery, replacing a 30-year-old single-loop instrument control system. The contractor said the project, in addition to improving productivity, will offer “full scalability to support future technology upgrades.”


Built in 1982, the Baiji refinery has these processing capacities: catalytic reforming 46,000 b/d, catalytic hydrocracking 38,000 b/d, and catalytic hydrotreating 182,000 b/d. It has design capacity to produce 64 MMcfd of hydrogen, 5,000 b/d of lube oils, and 26,000 b/d of asphalt.

Photos from the ground:

A view of a damaged production unit after a bomb attack at Baiji oil refinery, some 200km north of Baghdad.

And an aerial view.

So with the Al Qaeda spin off, now armed with the latest US weapons and with nearly half a billion in petty cash courtesy of yesterday's Mosul raid, the insurgents are about to have direct control over several hundred thousands b/d of energy output.

All they need is a central bank. We are confident Goldman can spare a partner to run it.

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:04 | 4848460 So Close
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Going Kinetic in 3,2,1...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:12 | 4848510 Pinto Currency
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Life is good now that Iraq has been liberated.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:15 | 4848520 Headbanger
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Better yet.   Let's liberate all of them completely and nuke the whole fucking place!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:19 | 4848551 AlaricBalth
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Continued unrest and sectarian violence in the Middle East.  Mission definitely accomplished!!!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:22 | 4848555 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Lord Humungus has arrived.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:25 | 4848581 Say What Again
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Shouldn't the stocks of defense companies be rallying on this news?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:31 | 4848590 BaBaBouy
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WHERE The Fuck Are All The GWB Fans Now...

Anyone Remember The Iraqi Invasion Warnings, Huh???

""YOU BREAK IT, YOU OWN IT, Bitchez...""

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:40 | 4848641 CrazyCooter
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You know, now that you bring it up, I am not sure there is a large, or even significant, group of GWB fans that frequent ZH.

Perhaps if you posted over on Politico or TheHill you would get a better roll call.



Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:21 | 4848848 Jugdish787
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I think there is a small contigent of former Bush fans, those who cheered for the red team in their past.  


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:35 | 4849226 oddjob
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Probably just sympathetic cokeheads.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:23 | 4849517 tarsubil
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I cheered for the Bush wars. Talked about how we were the good guys. Did a bunch of other crap that I'm not proud of. Ultimately, I started to question Bush and the neo cons threw me out. They really are like blood thirsty nazis.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:12 | 4849955 Analyse2
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The Bush regime lied and fabricated "evidence" that was used to deceive Congress, the American people, and the United Nations. 

At the time that these absurd claims were being made, only experts knew that they were false but today everyone knows that the claims were lies.

I wonder why everyone has forgotten how much hate FRANCE got for NOT wanting to contribute in the Irak war.

The whole dumbass "LIBERTY FRIES" , the “cheese-eating surrender MONKEYS”  things   all kind of silly jokes still continuing, even in ZH …. Five years of Anti-French slander and vilification was thus thrust by the White House, the administration, members of Congress, governors and by lackeys in the media (like Fox News or Murdoch Press).

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:26 | 4848583 cifo
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"the militants arrived in more than 50 vehicles."

50 Humvees, more specifically.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:42 | 4849264 Seahorse
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It's mad max time

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:33 | 4848585 BaBaBouy
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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:31 | 4848598 Headbanger
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Seriously.  Let's do the moral thing and send em all to Allah and the virgins and snow white camels and what ever else they want in the after life by immolating all of them with a few nukes.

Besides, all you "greenies" will like the fact that nukes don't produce harmful CO2 emissions like all those noisy jets and drones and tanks.. And it will help reduce the global carbon foot print.

Plus you won't have to anguish about American troops being killed.

And when Iraq cools down after 30 to 40 years, we can use it a a nuclear waste dump sight.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:42 | 4848657 CrazyCooter
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No can do; the spice must flow.



Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:02 | 4848759 Urban Redneck
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Toxic fuel "additives" will never stop the spice flow, just ask Thomas Midgley.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:17 | 4848828 Anusocracy
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Washington, DC is the one place that needs to be turned into a breeding ground for Radioactively Modified Organisms.

The rest of the world is a victim of that shithole.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:53 | 4849644 Metalredneck
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:25 | 4848871 Kirk2NCC1701
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It's a Sunni Muslims vs Shiia Muslims religio-ethnic war.  Let 'em duke it out, and we deal with the winner.

When do we get a Tribe vs Tribe holy war?  (All I see, hear or read about is Christians vs Christians, Muslims vs Muslims, Christians vs Muslims.)  Tell me ZHers, who's sitting back, counting their money and laughing their ass off?  Anyone, anyone?  Buehler?  Anyone?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:20 | 4848553 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:20 | 4848556 autofixer
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:25 | 4848582 rubiconsolutions
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".....and nuke the whole fucking place!"

Sure. Because nuclear fallout always obeys borders and would never spread beyond Iraq.

See: Fukushima

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:35 | 4848623 Agent P
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No, we have smart nukes now.  The fallout stays within predefined borders and the blast only kills bad guys without harming civilians. 

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:51 | 4848698 rubiconsolutions
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Okay, my bad. I didn't catch that when I last read Jane's. 

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:37 | 4848624 Headbanger
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The fallout from nuclear bomb is much much less than from a reactor meltdown like Fukishima and Chernobyl because bombs have tiny amounts of radioactive fuel compared to reactors.


so...  Bomb, bomb bomb... Bomb bomb Iraq!!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:58 | 4848737 rubiconsolutions
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I stand corrected. Then by all means, drop as many as possible Mr. McCain. By the way, did you ever learn to land an airplane the right way?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:03 | 4848765 Headbanger
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Land??  Waddya mean "land an airplane"??

What for?

That's what ejection seats and parachutes are for.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:11 | 4848795 svayambhu108
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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:47 | 4848677 DannoH
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"Liberate? You mean Liquidate?"

"Lets watch that film on blinding techniques then grab lunch, shall we?"

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:02 | 4848760 astoriajoe
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Nice reference. Seemed crazy when it came out. Now it seems spot-on.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:17 | 4848826 Kirk2NCC1701
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What the Frack?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:18 | 4848543 kchrisc
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Won't happen, as CIA-Obama would have to be ordered by his CIA handlers to bomb the CIA's 'terrorists.' Isn't going to happen.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:05 | 4848468 LawsofPhysics
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Now events in Iraq might actually start to matter...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:07 | 4848475 PlusTic
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Have no fear, Academi (Blackwater) is there!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:17 | 4848534 Freddie
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Xe, Academi, Blackwater, Booz Allen - whatever they are called today. The Devil Douchebag Boys sounds good.  Nudelman can lead the charge with McCain and Miss Linda Graham-nesty.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:31 | 4848608 tony wilson
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Xe, Academi, Blackwater, Booz Allen - whatever

are those the usa heroes that had them hazing parties in afghanistan.

bush and obarmy say when something goes wrong these are not american values this is not who we are.

this is not how we roll.

no drinking vodka from butt cracks is how they roll

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:08 | 4848791 American Dreams
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Thanks for posting Tony.  Ever sit through Kay Griggs interview, puts a bit more color on what is being shown in these pics.  Kay was the wife to Colonel George Griggs for many years and has told one hel of a story for those so inclined to listen. 

Know your enemy


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:07 | 4848476 Dr. Engali
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Would that be Al-CIA-Duh or the other more scary Al-Qaeda franchise?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:09 | 4848495 Winston Churchill
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"What difference,at this point,does it make ?".

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:24 | 4848574 corporatewhore
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We were dead broke when we left the White House.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:03 | 4848768 Four chan
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as a disgrace should leave their position gained by gross criminality.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:09 | 4848498 NoDebt
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The closer to the oil they are, the scarier they are.  So, I would say more-scary.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:56 | 4848722 Chupacabra-322
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We are arming and supporting the Islamists in Syria. We have established training camps for Al Qaeda in Jordan, Libya, the Sinai desert, and Turkey to assure constant flow of Islamist killing machine.

Iraq's leaders will be sorry to ask us to bomb their enemy the Al Qaeda? We may end up bombing the other side, and say oops! Sh't happens! Our Islamist thugs are currently fighting our formal armed military in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Egypt. How crazy this picture? We helped Pakistan/Egypt/Iraq military become very powerful, then, our neocon goons advised us to do "CREATIVE CHAOS"? Set the place on fire along the sectarian line? Saudi / The obvious good foreign policy for America is to cooperate with all nations against Islamic terror. However, that can only happen if the US has leaders that cares about its interest? For decades now, America has elected leaders that works on Saudi/Israeli agenda.

The ignorant unwashed don't know, prevented from knowing, and don't want to know. Hence the presstitudes are in bed with foreign agents who run Washington. Washington is an occupied territory, and its trillion dollar defense work to defend others. As long as there is no free media, the foreign powers will keep running Washington, as the sheeple sleep. Saudi /Qatari money is flowing to feed that fire to exterminate Christianity in the ME! Somehow, our Muslim president is happy with that scheme, as well as his predecessor "Christian Bush"! Forget about the stupid 300 million sheeple, who got no way of knowing this because of our disinformation and lies from the mainstream press.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:08 | 4848482 overexposed
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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:04 | 4848772 Chupacabra-322
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Bullish to say the least.

from the Latin

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:08 | 4848487 NoDebt
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This is excellent news for the Fed, BEA and others who were starting to get desperate about what to blame the upcoming Q2 non-bounce-back on.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:08 | 4848488 q99x2
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Arrest Loyd Blankfein for invading Iraq.

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