The Latest News Out Of Iraq - Full Overnight Update

Tyler Durden's picture

Events in Iraq are changing by the hour, now that US combat boots are "on the ground", expect them to change even faster. For those looking to catch up on the most recent overnight news out of this latest civil war torn country, here is the full update.

  • Iraq's biggest oil refinery shut down, foreign staff evacuated (Reuters)
  • Obama Sends Troops to Assist Iraq Embassy, Weighs Strikes (BBG)
  • Kurds Grab Fourth-Largest Iraq Oilfield Amid ISIL Advance (BBG)
  • Iraqi troops and Sunni rebels battle for control of Tal Afar (FT)
  • Brent Drops as Iraqi Forces Slow Insurgent Advance (BBG)
  • U.S., Iran Discuss Crisis in Iraq (WSJ)
  • ISIS gunmen attacked a prison in the city of Baquba, 34 miles north of Baghdad, killing 43 inmates; Iraq military says it repelled the attack (BBG)
  • Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash (BBG)
  • Kidnapped Chinese CNPC Employee Rescued in Iraq (Caixin)
  • In diplomatic breakthrough, Britain says to re-open Iran embassy (Reuters)
  • Iraq produced 3.125mln bbl/d of crude oil in the period from January to May, exported 2.5mln bbl/d in the period January to May while Kirkuk crude output has been 300K bbl/d since March according to the Iraq Govt. (BBG)
  • India’s Iranian oil imports have risen 13.5% in May vs. April, above 2mln bbl, yet are down 0.6% in May vs. year ago. (Business Today)
  • BP’s CEO Bob Dudley has said their operations in Iraq are so far unaffected by violence, with non-essential production people having left but operations continue. (RTRS)

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TeamDepends's picture

Anyone heard from the anti-war Left?  (crickets)

Atomizer's picture

No we haven't. It's astonishing. 

svayambhu108's picture

Shit just hit the fan, take cover.

Ozy_mandias's picture

Does anyone know what the Saudi response to this is?

Iran and the U.S. wokring together/ Britain re-opening embassy, have anything to do with the Saudi's getting ready to sell in anything other than the green back?

disabledvet's picture

"Hitler's last roll of the dice."

jay28elle's picture

The Nobel Peace Prize recipent, I am sure, is keeping them updated at each of his $50k campaign dinners.

RadioactiveRant's picture

We told you not to invade? Mind your own business, etc..


I'm also a green; I'd like to seen the "West" wean itself off oil and leave the rag heads and jews to kill each other without consequence.

BobTheSlob's picture

"I'm also a green; I'd like to seen the "West" wean itself off oil and leave the rag heads and jews to kill each other without consequence."

So it's settled, you believe in Unicorns, fairy dust, and the idea of defying the laws of physics with 12th century windmills, 19th century photovoltaic technology, and primeval algal blooms. Congrats!

RadioactiveRant's picture

If France, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, New Zealand, etc.. can live on 25-35 bbl/day per 1000 then Canada, the US, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, etc dont need to use 60-119 bbl/day/1000.

Building cities with ski resorts in the desert is a fantasy land; in 50 years time they won't be able to cool, provide water for, or feed them. We're allowing the ME nations to build populations and military structures that will become very unstable when the oil eventually does run out. 

WarHorse's picture

Hey dumbo ... we import virtually no oil from the Middle East these days.  You ever hear of the shale revolution?  Any imports are from Canada, Mexico, Ven.  NO REASON TO BE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ANY LONGER

Last of the Middle Class's picture

They all got addicted to Lortab, now they're taking suboxone and Zoloft so they're only awake about 2 hours a day. They get up eat then watch dancing with the stars and crash again. Anti war left is gone with the wind right behind the middle class.

11b40's picture

You must not be listening. 

What I don't hear much of is enthusiasm from anywhere but the Neocon camp.....and they are having a tough time making their points without someone shouting them down.

disabledvet's picture

We're going to not just have to hit them...but hit them hard.

And that's a fact.

The American people are not prepared for this...and I can't say even I have a clue the right argument to be used to explain this turn of events.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Come on guys, we all know they are just there to protect the embassy. 


Meat Hammer's picture

Yep. They're probably just advising like in Vietnam.

RichardP's picture

They were reportedly sent to defend the embassy in Baghdad.

forensicator's picture

why defend and empty building?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

a couple of more updates:


THe Syrian Air force has bombed several ISIS convoys, providing the SOLE country in the world at this point assisting. They know what the US / Saudi trained ISIS is all about though. There is a virtual blackout on this. FOx mentioned it yesterday briefly but it flies in the face of the MSM lies.

note the above, the syrian lavatory for human rights, the one man propaganda crew for the rebels posted in the UK even confirms this. It is said that the bombing has straddled the border.


Thousands of SUNNI muslims have answered the call to help fight ISIS in Iraq, flying in the face of this being a civil war.


at least 300 isis members whacked


Iraqi forces taking back control


So I hate to spoil the party that says this is a rabid civil sectarian war that the evil ruling shia iraqis are losing.


Hobbleknee's picture

Who are they fooling? Everyone knows US troops never left in the first place.

BandGap's picture

Uh, if we send combat troops it will be a hell of a lot sooner than that.

What I don't get is in the first Gulf War two fucking A-10s beat the living shit out of an Iraqi column. Someone please tell me that a decently planned air campaign couldn't take out an army advancing army of beheading SOBs.


agent default's picture

You are missing the bigger picture.  US fucked up in Syria and fucked up in Ukraine. Who do you think is behind this.  Look at the map and tell me how would you bypass Syria if you had to. 

Ghordius's picture

in that bigger picture you have also to put the George Bush supercarrier that can safely enter the Persian Gulf, thanks to the fact that Iranian and US interests are now on the same side in Iraq. as often, politics makes strange bedfellows. welcome to the new US-Iran military partnership against religious fundamentalism. no /sarc necessary

RichardP's picture

... welcome to the new US-Iran military partnership against religious fundamentalism.

Welcome to the new US-Iran military partnership of religious fundamentalism against religious fundamentalism.

Iran is Shiite.  The advancing rebels are Sunni.  Both Islamic.  To be fair, though - I suppose you could argue that one group is more fundamental than the other.  But is that a distinction with any relevant difference?

disabledvet's picture

The "bigger bigger picture" is that the CIA (ISIS) has now attacked the State Baghdad.

Talk about "Pentagon heaven."

TeamDepends's picture

Can't do that under the current "Rules of Engagement".  An American soldier must be beheaded first.

hootowl's picture

Ovomit's Current rules of engagement will allow U.S. special forces to hand spank every murdering savage they can capture, then fly them to bermuda for R & R.

NidStyles's picture

Nothing like an A-10 flying around blasting anything that moves because the ISIS are using civilian vehicles. 

disabledvet's picture

The "Hobby Lobby Counteroffensive."

I like this.

Winston of Oceania's picture

Sounds like a job for cluster bombs...

SokPOTUS's picture

Cluster-something, alright...

Wannabee's picture

A10 is too efficient & cost effective for MIC. Can't have that going on, might spread to other areas. Better idea to use F-35.

No sarc tag needed here.

Ferrari's picture

Un-fucking-real. US Gov is pure, treasonous criminality.

disabledvet's picture

They've just attacked themselves. Brennan and Kerry are done.

I Write Code's picture

I'd save (more like update!) the A-10 too, but we do have lots of alternatives, from cluster bombs to PGM to Apache choppers with hellfires, and of course drones drones drones.

A single B-1 could carry enough 2000lb PGM to turn a two mile column into a canal ... though I don't know that we have the dynamic targeting skills to do it quite that way, but we should - and we might.

still kicking's picture

The beauty of the A-10 over all the other alternatives is that you just can't knock that motherfucker out of the sky from the ground.  It is literally a flying tank.

TheReplacement's picture

Got Stingers?  The CIA has been doling them out like lollipops.  At least one American chopper in Afghanistan has been confirmed down due to a recent vintage Stinger missile - most were bound for Syria (ISIS?) but some got rerouted to Afghanistan.

Renewable Life's picture

Because, the "rebels" are adapting and evolving from when A10s meant shit, this new breed of fighter in the ME understands the the US military better then we understand the US military! When they conquer a city now, they are seperating the commanding officers, police, businessmen and others"collaborators" and executing them immediately, hense destroying any hope or investment we made in these people! We have lost literally 100's of billions in training and equipment, time and effort in just the last 72 hours over there!
Secondly they are using the tens of thousands of unarmed civilians as human shields as they march to the next city or strategic location! Hense rendering US air power ineffective, unless we want to slaughter thousands of women and children and "Iraqi military" marching on roads!
They have control of the power stations and refineries north of Baghdad, if they can cut off the airport inside Baghdad, they will essentially have Iraq conquered and under seige, and there won't be a god damn thing air power can do about it! Unless America wants to put another 500,000 men on the ground!
It's 100x worse then Vietnam from a logistical, geopolitical, and energy resource standpoint! We already spent 3-4 trillion over there and got absolutely nothing for it, had 50,000 men and women killed or wounded, oil is at 105 a barrel and will never go back,down, and we are exhausted, demoralized, and powerless to change the reality on the ground!!

TheReplacement's picture

AAPL it is!  Thanks for the tip.

/sarc (sadly needed tag)