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Taliban Sets 400 'NATO-Supplying' Oil Tankers Ablaze In Afghanistan

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With the "Islamic State" grabbing all the headlines, it appears the Taliban have had enough. As Reuters reports, Taliban insurgents set fire on Saturday to about 400 oil tanker trucks supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital Kabul, police said. It was unclear how the fire was started. Some Afghan media reported that insurgents had fired rockets at the tankers late on Friday. The attack precedes Monday's preliminary announcement of Afghanistan's presidential election winner - in which both sides have accused the other of mass fraud. The Taliban had vowed to disrupt the process.




And the aftermath...



As Reuters reports,

Television footage showed black smoke billowing above the site of the attack, with the charred wreckage of dozens of trucks scattered around a vast parking space.


The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the trucks carried fuel intended for U.S.-led NATO forces.


It was unclear how the fire was started. Some Afghan media reported that insurgents had fired rockets at the tankers late on Friday. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Stunning video of the blaze...

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ahh, democracy! More boots on the ground needed back in Afghanistan?


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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:42 | 4927116 Yes We Can. But...
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*everyone* likes July 4th fireworks... Al-kaboomi!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:47 | 4927134 linniepar
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So maybe I should lock in the air fare for my friend's destination wedding...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:10 | 4927173 ZerOhead
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Just when you thought that ISIS/CIA had a lock on the 2014 Global Terror Awards...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:14 | 4927183 kliguy38
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check south to see what the "next" game in town coming to a theater near you.... should just about finish us off

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:20 | 4927196 knukles
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Aren't we out of Afghanistan?
That's what fearless leaders said, so what's with the .....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:07 | 4927272 Oldrepublic
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The US is the process of getting out of Afghanistan
and the Taliban is giving a little extra push

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:25 | 4927856 weburke
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lets see, the pedophile society land that supplies the world with heroin......... and worst of all, or deservedly, is infected with the muslim curse.... may the elites destroy it fully when depopulation time is here. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:11 | 4927980 COSMOS
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So nice of them to join in the 4th of July celebrations.  I hear dollars burn even hotter.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:43 | 4928156 Never One Roach
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Brings back warm memories of my Ford Pinto.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:31 | 4928487 Oracle 911
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...and the evacuation of Saigon. Because evacuation of Afghanistan will be even bigger mess then evacuation of Saigon. Especially after that Pakistani declaration, in which Pakistan will close its airspace in front of all NATO military plane (something similar did Russia). The "funny" thing is, it will be payback from Pakistan (the droning of civilians) and from China (South China sea tension and interfering into their matters).

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:27 | 4928955 Vendetta
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$400 a gallon...

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:22 | 4929068 Save_America1st
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ya know what?  fuck NATO.  I'm no Taliban supporter or any of that....but didn't we create the fucking Taliban?  Everything is such a fucked up, corrupt farce.  I'm sick of it all.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:02 | 4927260 WTFUD
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@ Kilguy ' . . . fever , nausea, vomiting, hatred and paranoia . . ' ; I'm feeling ALL of those symptoms/emotions here in the UK. Wha'sUp?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:14 | 4927288 Morla
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Fake news site, though admittedly a very irresponsible fake news site.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:14 | 4927290 Buck Johnson
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I agree, it looks like everything is aligning into position to take us out. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:41 | 4928154 TheReplacement
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This is not really a terrorist attack is it?  A force at war with another force attacking the enemy's supply route is just strategic thinking is it not?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:45 | 4927245 DrewJackson
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Bullish for CAT & CMI

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:29 | 4927564 Squid Viscous
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bullish for everything, when can I start buying more ES futures? 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:42 | 4927119 Banjo
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I have a good idea in a war zone lets group a heap of our fuel tankers together.

You can't make this shit up. Where are the five year olds when you need them.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:45 | 4927126 Yes We Can. But...
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They are in the sandbox, spacing their toy trucks appropriately.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:19 | 4927411 bombdog
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Monday morning some of the older kids at KBR will have no-bid contract to provide emergency tanker cover... kaching kaching! (Taliban thinking ahead bought some short dated call options)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:30 | 4927566 Squid Viscous
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Cheney bought more Thursday, he got a good tip...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:45 | 4928165 Never One Roach
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500 would be even more Bullish, but the 'market' settles for what it can get.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:43 | 4927120 Global Hunter
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Aside from watching the tv show Emergency a lot as a kid and loving it, I don't know much about firefighting I admit, but I don't know if that firehose is doing much at the 35 second mark of the video.  If that happened in my country after having been invaded and conquered for 10+ years I'd be more inclined to observe the fire and leave it to the conquering forces and their puppet government to put out.

Unless I was getting paid about 250 million dollars a trip there is NO way I'd be driving oil tankers for the NATO forces in a country that is just going to get taken over again by the Taliban the second the US abandons the last base there. 

They are some brave or crazy fuckers in that country.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:07 | 4927274 boattrash
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GH, you're correct about those people and their firehoses. There IS a time to just let it burn. Are you familiar with a BLEVE? If not, you can watch this video (and others).

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:07 | 4927387 smlbizman
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the real beauty seems to be they are trying to put out an oil fire with water....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:10 | 4927394 August
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>>>They are some brave or crazy fuckers in that country.

The adjective of choice is probably "desperate".

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:43 | 4928157 TheReplacement
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Most likely they are trying to save up enough dollars to get the hell out of there.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:44 | 4927123 medium giraffe
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"It was unclear how the fire was started."  But it MUST have been TEH TALIBANZ!  Who else in that region would possibly want to harm US assets?!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:59 | 4927263 Lea
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Just about anyone sane in that country, is my guess. Try as America may, they don't seem to get the lesson of the "high moral ground" of democracy imparted on them through drone strikes on civilians.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:45 | 4927127 tony wilson
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maybe they was not supplying fuel for movement.

maybe it was cia chemicals for mi6,cia and the mossad heroin production a multi billion dollar drug industry needs a lot chemicals get my drifts.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:41 | 4927586 paddyirishman
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we're up to 5 hasbara trolls.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:45 | 4928162 TheReplacement
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No down vote but I highly doubt they are refining it there in the field.  It is a warzone and the safest (for the product) way is to get it out then process it.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:50 | 4927130 Fix It Again Timmy
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Brilliant strategy - putting them all together, closely packed...these trucks were screaming "hit me, I'm easy..."  Was hitchhiking in Vietnam when a fellow soldier driving  a JP4 tanker stopped and picked me up - that dude was one raw nerve, severely rubbed...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:00 | 4927162 wrs1
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You really have to wonder at the stupidity...........

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:46 | 4928169 TheReplacement
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Read up on Pearl Harbor.  Planes were parked neatly in rows.  One pass would take out entire an entire squadron. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:50 | 4927139 gimli
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Are they sure it was the Taliban?

They may have just been GM trucks that spontaneously combusted.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:52 | 4927142 magpie
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If they had only pledged allegiance to Abu Baghdadi Bob on time...this would never have been reported by the media.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:51 | 4927143 Cattender
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shit.. Gas is going to be Over $4 a Gallon on monday now FOR SURE!!!!!!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:02 | 4927164 JoBob
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Cattender:  shit.. Gas is going to be Over $4 a Gallon on monday now FOR SURE!!!!!!


No, it won't have any effect on the world price.  NATO will just have to pay double for the replacement shipment, and probably replace all those shiny new tankers that just got burned.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:25 | 4927208 knukles
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Don't know where you live, but out here, regular this morning was 4.09 ish...  Saw only one discount place below at 3.95... lines in the street because it was inordinately cheap.


"The Wonders of Energy Self-Sufficiency"
    -Tommorrowland, Disney World, 1955

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:05 | 4927169 Winston Churchill
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Uncle Scam is going to have to pay more than the $50 per gallon currently charged.

Just as well its only fiat,not money.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:54 | 4927147 Spungo
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Why are we still there?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:55 | 4927152 magpie
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To keep the Pakis in, the Russians down and the Chinks and Wogs out.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:26 | 4927212 knukles
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Blast out of the past.....  I haven't heard the term "Wogs" in years.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:56 | 4927154 kchrisc
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The poppies.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:24 | 4927698 RafterManFMJ
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What about the poppies?! Won't somebody PLEASE think of the poppies?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:58 | 4928192 StychoKiller
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Always consult with an expert when dealing with droogs!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:42 | 4927242 papaswamp
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Defense orders for gdp

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:54 | 4927149 Hulk
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I'd sure hate to be the Taliban when Al Gore hears about this !!!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:02 | 4927161 ZerOhead
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The MSM seem to have missed this story...

The foot of hail that fell in Spain on the 3rd of July turned the tomato crop into ketchup.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:08 | 4927174 Hulk
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A foot of ICE  in the summer is a sure sign of AGW. Please zh'ers do not open your fridge door for the next week, you will only make this situation worse...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:08 | 4927276 nmewn
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And AGW hysterics (NOAA this time) busted again for screwing around with the data:

Two years ago during the scorching summer of 2012, July 1936 lost its place on the leaderboard and July 2012 became the hottest month on record in the United States. Now, as if by magic, and according to NOAA’s own data, July 1936 is now the hottest month on record again. The past, present, and future all seems to be “adjustable” in NOAA’s world. See the examples below.

Somebody turn off the AC, I'm a little chilly ;-)

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:41 | 4927336 Winston Churchill
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Maybe Flak could comment,if he has finished doctoring this June's data ,that is.

Don't want to keep the Quackmeister from his work.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:54 | 4928283 MEAN BUSINESS

Probably catching some ZZZZZZZZZs

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:10 | 4927393 WillyGroper
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Bueller, Buelller, Proofreder?



Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:36 | 4927459 Hulk
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Alex Jones interviews Lord Monckton at 50 minutes in


great interview worth listening to. The good Lord (couldn't resist) claims that temperatures haven't increased in 18 years and the entire affair is over control of you and I. Say it ain't so !!!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:54 | 4927151 kchrisc
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Kind of ironic when one considers that the other motivating factor for invading Afghanistan was a pipeline.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:56 | 4927156 Eyeroller
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So if we follow the market logic, this means oil prices will be lower...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:18 | 4927191 Seasmoke
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Just dont burn the Heroin !!!!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:20 | 4927199 Skateboarder
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They do not send those by ground.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:03 | 4928204 StychoKiller
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Hmm, camels with wings then??

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:30 | 4927217 alexcojones
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The Pearl Harbor approach.

Reminds me of Battleship Row.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:00 | 4928889 conscious being
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Historicly, it is easier to get into Afghanistan than it is to get out.  Ask the Brits about that.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:40 | 4927232 alexcojones
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Last summer in Alaska, l met two former USMC who served in Afghanistan.

I asked them what they did there?

Guarded the poppy convoys and fields, they said.

Thank God the heroin is safe.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:40 | 4927239 radiobomb
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another genius idea in military strategy..... nose-to-tail highly flammable tankers.... in an area known for insurgent rocket attacks.... what could go wrong ? .... anyone ?  anyone ? 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:45 | 4927246 WTFUD
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Maybe, just maybe the Taliban do not want ' Our Brave Boys ' to leave the country!

Do I require a Sarc Tag?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:58 | 4927262 Frostfan1
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The tankers get to stay.....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:47 | 4927249 Frostfan1
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Paul Krugman is going orgasmic as his economic solution is actually happening.......

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:01 | 4927265 Berspankme
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Just the thought of krug rubbing one off disgusts me.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:32 | 4927713 Emergency Ward
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Krugman gets a war boner...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:03 | 4927252 Lea
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America is sure making friends all over the world. Dear, dear.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:56 | 4927258 holmes
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Not to worry. They are filming a new Mad Max movie.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:11 | 4927282 WTFUD
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Can anyone calculate the total fuel costs alone? Not to mention the huge detours these tankers have to make in finding a ' friendly ' route into the country.

No worries though I am fully confident the Defence ( snigger ) Department USSA and the EU can finger fuck us tax-payers at the pump or elsewhere to cover this one of many losses.

We should demand a cut of the POPPY income. Can I have mine in Hard Assets please?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:18 | 4927301 whoopsing
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Torch job for insurance purposes

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:19 | 4927302 AustrianJim
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Times of India is saying 200 trucks.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:27 | 4927317 WTFUD
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Yep AJ
I.S. have the other 200.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:45 | 4927345 Salah
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Meanwhile Ukraine parliament pasees first reading of a bill to allow western oil companies to own/operate Ukrainian pipelines:

Can't make this shit up.


Sat, 07/05/2014 - 17:49 | 4927354 DaveA
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Afghanistan will revert to utter barbarism a week after the last U.S. soldier leaves. If there are any recoverable minerals, the Chinese will occupy the country, massacre the native population, and replace them with Han Chinese. The right-thinking people of the world will then take decisive action: they'll change their FREE TIBET bumper stickers and hashtags to say FREE TIBET AND AFGHANISTAN.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:59 | 4927502 WTFUD
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What does the A stand for Dave? ARSEHOLE I presume.

I put the I.S on a par with the zombie drug fuelled foreign occupation in the country in terms of barbarism.

The Taliban are fighting for the right to govern their OWN country like ANY invaded UNSHEEPMANLIKE peoples would do.

Tip:- Stay the fuck away from MSM NEWS & HOLLYWOOD FILM

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:11 | 4927979 Aussiekiwi
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Good, progress in Afghanistan, you really think the chinese will want anything to do with Afghanistan after what has happened to the Russians and the Americans, get out and leave them to sort their own crap out, will end up with one bunch of arsholes killing another bunch of aresholes, why try and stand in the middle, some countries can be saved and some can't, Afghanistan, leave for a hundred years and then see where they are at.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 18:20 | 4927415 ThisIsBob
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To borrow a phrase:  "Fuck NATO."

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:00 | 4927503 thamnosma
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That's a LOT of tankers.  Damn.  Good idea to park 400 rigs filled with fuel in one lot.  How many hours will it take for the Taliban to take back control when "we" leave....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:14 | 4927533 CoastalCowboy
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Fear not as our beloved leader and horse face will have a new plan to accelerate the exponentially increasing rate of foreign policy failures.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:05 | 4928900 conscious being
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What difference does it make?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:31 | 4927567 jonjon831983
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Nonono... they were celebrating July 4th.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:44 | 4927598 Smiley
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Another "Mission Accomplished."

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:00 | 4927633 Fix It Again Timmy
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The Afghan economy is improving - that's a helluva ROI for one RPG....

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:20 | 4927691 q99x2
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There goes Kerry's US heroin discounts. Damn.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:38 | 4927701 Emergency Ward
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Didn't the Warmaster-in-Chief just return from his "secret" trip to Afghanistan announcing victory to go along with a permanent occupation by 10,000 US troops?  Looks like the next announcement will be to declare another 30,000-troop surge to go after those terrorist tanker burners.  If one surge doesn't work, try another one that won't work.  They never learn, they surge, and death takes another round of innocent bystanders...

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:06 | 4927965 Aussiekiwi
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Remember to park all your oil tankers close together because it makes it easier to count them on your fingers and toes.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:35 | 4928035 potato
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Wow. This could be the quarter Afghan economy grows faster than US!
How many more tankers would have to burn for Afghanistan to grow faster than China?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:01 | 4928501 pupdog1
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Time for a no-bid contract for the Halliburton oil tanker division.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:11 | 4928601 AdvancingTime
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Many Americans have recently tried to block Afghanistan out of their thoughts, going forward little exist to be excited or optimist about. As with Vietnam it seems that we may have to settle with claims of "peace with honor" as we rush for the exit.

This reminds me of the experience the French had in Algeria. After years of effort the French did not achieve victory, they only proved how difficult and expensive some of these missions can become. The announcement by President Obama that American troops would be departing leaves many people wondering about the void we will be leaving  and how it will be filled. It will be filled by BAD PEOPLE! More on this subject below.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:21 | 4928689 orangegeek
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nice job using up excess inventory


still doesn't make the Baltic Dry Index move up

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:35 | 4928830 SmallerGovNow2
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400? Video says 200.  Which is it or how did it escalate to 400?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:35 | 4928966 Vendetta
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bullish for the afghanistan objective whatever that is

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:39 | 4928974 Polymarkos
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and then there were the Afghans, who didn't know what they wanted, but were willing to fight for it anyway...

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:39 | 4928973 Polymarkos
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Did anyone bring marshmallows and hot dogs?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 13:16 | 4929181 Tachyon5321
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Everything Obama is involved with goes bad.



Sun, 07/06/2014 - 13:42 | 4929241 Deer Hunter
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Time to try a Neutron Bomb.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 13:45 | 4929249 Jano
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Is DJ already moving?

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