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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

*everyone* likes July 4th fireworks... Al-kaboomi!

SoberOne's picture

So maybe I should lock in the air fare for my friend's destination wedding...

ZerOhead's picture

Just when you thought that ISIS/CIA had a lock on the 2014 Global Terror Awards...

kliguy38's picture

check south to see what the "next" game in town coming to a theater near you.... should just about finish us off



knukles's picture

Aren't we out of Afghanistan?
That's what fearless leaders said, so what's with the .....

Oldrepublic's picture

The US is the process of getting out of Afghanistan
and the Taliban is giving a little extra push

weburke's picture

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. 

COSMOS's picture

So nice of them to join in the 4th of July celebrations.  I hear dollars burn even hotter.

Never One Roach's picture

Brings back warm memories of my Ford Pinto.

Oracle 911's picture

...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).

Save_America1st's picture

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.

WTFUD's picture

@ Kilguy ' . . . fever , nausea, vomiting, hatred and paranoia . . ' ; I'm feeling ALL of those symptoms/emotions here in the UK. Wha'sUp?

Morla's picture

Fake news site, though admittedly a very irresponsible fake news site.

Buck Johnson's picture

I agree, it looks like everything is aligning into position to take us out. 

TheReplacement's picture

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?

Squid Viscous's picture

bullish for everything, when can I start buying more ES futures? 

Banjo's picture

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.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

They are in the sandbox, spacing their toy trucks appropriately.

bombdog's picture

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)

Squid Viscous's picture

Cheney bought more Thursday, he got a good tip...

Never One Roach's picture

500 would be even more Bullish, but the 'market' settles for what it can get.

Global Hunter's picture

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.

boattrash's picture

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).


smlbizman's picture

the real beauty seems to be they are trying to put out an oil fire with water....

August's picture

>>>They are some brave or crazy fuckers in that country.

The adjective of choice is probably "desperate".

TheReplacement's picture

Most likely they are trying to save up enough dollars to get the hell out of there.

medium giraffe's picture

"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?!

Lea's picture

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.

tony wilson's picture

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.

paddyirishman's picture

we're up to 5 hasbara trolls.

TheReplacement's picture

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.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

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...

wrs1's picture

You really have to wonder at the stupidity...........

TheReplacement's picture

Read up on Pearl Harbor.  Planes were parked neatly in rows.  One pass would take out entire an entire squadron. 

gimli's picture

Are they sure it was the Taliban?

They may have just been GM trucks that spontaneously combusted.

magpie's picture

If they had only pledged allegiance to Abu Baghdadi Bob on time...this would never have been reported by the media.

Cattender's picture

shit.. Gas is going to be Over $4 a Gallon on monday now FOR SURE!!!!!!

JoBob's picture

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.

knukles's picture

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

Winston Churchill's picture

Uncle Scam is going to have to pay more than the $50 per gallon currently charged.

Just as well its only fiat,not money.

Spungo's picture

Why are we still there?

magpie's picture

To keep the Pakis in, the Russians down and the Chinks and Wogs out.

knukles's picture

Blast out of the past.....  I haven't heard the term "Wogs" in years.

RafterManFMJ's picture

What about the poppies?! Won't somebody PLEASE think of the poppies?

StychoKiller's picture

Always consult with an expert when dealing with droogs!

papaswamp's picture

Defense orders for gdp

Hulk's picture

I'd sure hate to be the Taliban when Al Gore hears about this !!!