ISIS Attacks On Libyan Oil Facilities Visible from Space

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ISIS militants in Libya continue to attack key oil infrastructure in the country.

The two large oil export terminals at Es Sider and Ras Lanuf came under ISIS attacks on January 4-6. Some oil storage tanks exploded after suffering damage from machine gun fire.

NASA just published some shocking photos that clearly show the smoke plumes from the oil storage tanks are visible by satellite. The smoke blew east and northeast, blanketing Libya’s Mediterranean Coast. News reports suggest that at least five oil storage tanks are burning, each thought to have the capacity to hold 420,000 to 460,000 barrels of oil. Four of them are located at Es Sider and one at Ras Lanuf.

A spokesperson for the National Oil Company in Libya said that seven storage tanks were burning.

The attacks came as the oil company issued a “cry for help” on its website, calling on the Libyan people “of this homeland to hurry to rescue what is left from our resources before it is too late.”

Libya’s rival governing factions have taken steps to patch up their differences, signing a UN-backed power-sharing agreement in December. The attacks from ISIS threaten to inflict lasting damage on the heart of Libya’s economy: its oil infrastructure.

Take a look at the stunning NASA images below: 

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For the full backstory on ISIS and Libya's oil infrastructure, see here

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jm's picture

Egypt should take control of the region. 

Mr Pink's picture

We came, we saw , we destroyed another country

jm's picture

The Obama administration can't do anything right. Just ask the muslim Brotherhood what al-Sisi can do to turn things around. 

thesonandheir's picture

Libtard mindset:

ISIS commit genocide - not arsed

ISIS destroy antiquities - not arsed


ISIS pollute the environment - evil bastards lets bomb the fuck out of them.

Pinto Currency's picture

Read about the war crime from US State Department e-mails whereby we can see that France attacked Libya in part to prevent Gadaffi from implementing a stable gold-based currency in Africa supplanting the French CFA Franc used in Africa.

espirit's picture

The USSA has managed to destabilize every oil producing nation worldwide... the name of Demonocracy? Idiocracy? Profitocracy?

vollderlerby's picture

We destabilized some folkd ...

Arnold's picture

Carbon credit market projecting large future volume.

mvsjcl's picture

To destroy a country and then not protect its infrastructure from those who would loot from the people is beyond evil.

doctor10's picture

I think the proper interpretation of what France did to Libya is that Sarkozy was ORDERED by the local 'Schild's branch office in Paris to invade Libya.

The media generously provide cover for the 'Schilds by by claiming it was Sarkozy's own initiative.

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Scooby does not like smoke! Smoke is bad for America! Bad ISIL. boo for ISIL!

Bananamerican's picture

will you kindly fuck off, Junior?

Element's picture

He's been here longer than you B ... and I thought you liked cultural diversity?

Irish Yoga's picture

Didn't Hillary have the same effect in Libya?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"We came, we saw , we destroyed another country"

Should be Hillary's campaign slogan, used by Trump.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Better send in the Putins, problem solved.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So will this take care of the oil glut?

SWRichmond's picture

In domestic markets you gain market share by lobbying / legislation.  In international markets, you get it by killing.


greenskeeper carl's picture

Won't make much of a difference at all in oil glut. Their exports have already plummeted, this happened before and during the big price drop we have seen. At this point Libyan oil exports are barely a drop in the proverbial barrel. Thanks to killerys private war, Libyan oil is a shadow of its former self.

espirit's picture

Thinking forward, lower oil/fuel costs really won't save the USSA eCONomy.

Lumberjack's picture

This will not end well. Bunch of fucking moron rookies... 

boattrash's picture

Libya, a shining example of Hillary's State Dept. success...

Paveway IV's picture

Libya? Didn't we liberitize and freedomate thier repressed asses from a brutal dictator? 

Those ungrateful bastards should be celebrating their newfound democracy. No wonder Hillary stold their gold in advance - they obviously don't deserve it. 

Next question: when do we roll the Abrams and MRAPs for round #2 of the Liberty and Freedom Express Death Train? Does the U.S. Congress really have to wait for a formal order from Nettanyahu before they get off their fat butts and disobey the Constitution? God damn bureaucrats... 

chubbar's picture

ISIS, which is to say the terrorist group that was created by the UK, USA, Saudi's and Israel, is now attempting control of yet another soveriegn countrys resources. I find this completely shocking! (s)

boattrash's picture

I don't really think ISIS would have done that with Gaddafi in power. IMHO

Lumberjack's picture

You would be most correct in that assumption.

espirit's picture

Like most other countries holding natural resources,

Dear Leaders are a target if not kowtowing to the global conundrum.

nmewn's picture

"What difference does it make?!"

Lumberjack's picture

"On a long enough timeline"...  

Chupacabra-322's picture

"I don't really think ISIS would have done that with Gaddafi in power. IMHO"

Or with Saddam Hussein in power. Like to take a stab at what those two former dictators had in common in regard to the selling of their Oil?

L Bean's picture

LMAO there was no "ISIS" when Qaddafi was in power. I mean we all know this yet we perpetuate the myth so casually, still (hypothetical nature of the statement notwithstanding).

boattrash's picture

...and for clarification, include any other Jihad group. Yes, the point being, instability being created by outside entities, pretty much always lead to this.

inosent's picture

"Next question: when do we roll the Abrams and MRAPs for round #2 of the Liberty and Freedom Express Death Train? Does the U.S. Congress really have to wait for a formal order from Nettanyahu before they get off their fat butts and disobey the Constitution? God damn bureaucrats... " ... so funny, and so sad

Libertati Aut Ad Mortem's picture
Libertati Aut Ad Mortem (not verified) boattrash Jan 10, 2016 6:15 PM

Another Council on Foreign Relations operation, just like Iraq, Egypt, Syria, 9-11, and Sandy Hook

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

And where is Obama's Anti-Global-Warming Tzar and his DOD Rapid Deployment Team?

If they were serious, they'd tackle the Methane well leak in CA first, I suppose.

Hopium & Change for Dem Dopes.

FGH's picture

House of Saud desperate to spike oil prices?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Red Adair may be one of the few making bank during the oil glut. Yes, I know he is dead.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Red had dividend payin' stawks.

Able Ape's picture
"History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of men".... Go Go ClintZilla...
radiobomb's picture

the world's 12 largest supertankers emit more pollution than the rest of the global transport network !

1 coal powerstation emits the equivalent of the uk transport system [or Fr, or most Eu nations].

This emission, and the california methane-leak are huge pollution events....

but you, dear consumer, will be told your car & lifestyle are ruining this planet.

when will the fake enviromental movement understand a sense of scale ?... or appropriate blame directly to the biggest polluters ?...

just saying.....

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Scooby does not drive a car! I tag along with Shaggy in the Mystery Machine which means we are responsible car poolers. Yeah Scooby! Offsetting my carbons.

Arnold's picture

Risk acessment is outcome based, especially when it is hysterical screaming.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Hillary's plan finally comes to fruition. Send in John Kery and have James Taylor tag along to sing afew tunes to settle everyone down.

Kayman's picture

Send in "what difference does it make" Hiliary.  Out, out damn smell.

“All of the money that was raised by [the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership] in Canada,  flowed through to the Clinton Foundation — every penny — and went to the [charitable] initiatives (Bill and Hiliary) we identified,” Giustra told Bloomberg News this week, confirming that there were 1,100 undisclosed donors to the Clinton Foundation.

boattrash's picture

We could Lynch the Clintons.

I meant, we could turn them into the Atty. General for prosecution...

chubbar's picture

What's it going to take for someone to man up and prosecute the worthless bitch? Does she own every fucking politician and law enforcement agency in the gov't? God, it's just fucking frustrating to see her flaunt this shit in the face of the public and these dickless fucks in gov't avert their eyes and start whistling.

general ambivalent's picture

We're all in for a world of hurt once ISIS airs its moon landing footage.