In Advance Of Third Aircraft Carrier Approaching Iran, US Nuclear Sub And Destroyer Enter Red Sea

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While a few days ago we reported that the US was set to place a third aircraft carrier, ostensibly the USS Enterprise, in the Arabian Gulf in the indefinite future, it appears that the US is wasting little time in making preparations for this latest military escalation against Iran. As RT reports, "two ships of the US Navy, the nuclear submarine USS Annapolis and the destroyer USS Momsen have passed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea. Although their destination is confidential, they are now getting dangerously close to the Persian Gulf. ­The ships’ passage was a major operation for the Suez administration as due to safety reasons they had to close off the canal to all other traffic and even shut down the bridge, disrupting the link between the banks for some four hours. The traffic on the roadways alongside the canal was also restricted, Interfax news agency reports." What's next: reports that Russian destroyers in Syria are also moving in the general direction of the Arabian Gulf?

More from RT:

There are no reports regarding the destination of the vessels, but the news come amid the ongoing crisis in the relationship between the US and Iran. There is mounting speculation that the Annapolis and the Momsen are heading to the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US naval forces already present in the region.

 

Currently the US has two aircraft carrier groups in the region headed by USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Carl Vinson. It is expected that another aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, will join the strike force in March.

 

Since the EU placed a new round of sanctions on Iran by putting an embargo on Iranian oil, Iran is once again threatening to use military force to close the Strait of Hormuz.

 

Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti maritime official said on Monday that the Gulf Cooperation Council group of Arab countries have contingency plans for coastguards and naval forces should there be an attempt by Iran to shut down the Strait of Hormuz.

When one reads of such developments, what can one think but: Nobel peace prize.

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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:06 | 2115867 zilverreiger
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bring it on losers, america is toast and the world knows it

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:17 | 2115890 General Decline
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Crap. Traveling to the middle east next week. How do you say "please don't kill me, I'm Canadian, ay" in Arabic?

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:23 | 2115905 CrazyCooter
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True Story: Back after 9/11, my boss (who was Lebanese/Russian) was supposed to go to one of our offices in Virginia/DC on business. He sent me instead ... it was a miserable trip.

Regards,

Cooter

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:31 | 2115935 Oh regional Indian
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The weirdest story I read (forget where, of course a "conspiracy" place, was that the Red Sea was going to be the scene for some intense UFO activity/announcement. And that is why NAvies from the world over are there or near by.

Even India has far more ships in the area (general area that is), to tackle the Somali Pirate problem. Like you need 3 Huge frigates to handle pirates.

All iin all, given the penchant for "Surprise", TPB might be planning something entirely spectacular as a diversion to the dying markets/dollar/trade in general.

You heard it second here. UFO's in zee Gulf. 

ori

Meanwhile...

/are-we-all-so-fast-asleep/

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:01 | 2116031 Dapper Dan
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here ya go,

By On November 14, 2010

USGS is reporting a very unusual swarm of significant earthquakes starting early this morning in the sea between Africa and the Arabian peninusla, right off the coast of Yemen, and in one of the world’s most important and busiest shipping lanes.

Source: Planetsave (http://s.tt/12tnD)

But, earthquake swarms happen, even in places that are not normally known for seismic activity. What’s unusual about this particular group of earthquakes?

In this case, it seems that the vast majority of the quakes are happening at almost exactly a depth of 10 kilometers; over 20 earthquakes have occurred at that depth since the swarm began. I’m no statistician, but that seems like a pretty exceptionally unlikely scenario, especially when the region was entirely quiet in terms of seismic activity as of yesterday. It would definitely be interesting to see what real geologists make of it.

 

 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:18 | 2116088 francis_sawyer
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so what's that supposed to mean?

The tsunami wave from those quakes is now about to reach shore 14 months later?

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:22 | 2116096 Oh regional Indian
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Nope, just weird behaviour. And nothing in nature happens with such precision, over and over. So the implication is that they are being created.

If anyone does not believe in HAARP, you just have not done your homework. Tesla had Scalar Waves down over a century ago. They've had the time to work it.

ori

 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:37 | 2116130 battle axe
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Also the Russians back in the old USSR days spent a ton of money and resources on their version of HAARP.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:03 | 2116236 Harlequin001
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2012, the world's just falling apart...

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:39 | 2116131 Ralph Spoilsport
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ORI, people tend to discount HAARP because there is hardly any security surrounding the site. Thing is, nobody knows what goes on there with any certainty and the cover story sounds so benign.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:42 | 2116141 caconhma
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India categorically rejects Iran oil sanctions

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has set at rest firmly and authoritatively all speculative reports that India might buckle under American pressure and fall in line passively with the spirit of the United States’ sanctions against Iran by quietly cutting back its oil imports from Iran. That FM made the categorical statement while on a visit to the US is of added significance. 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:53 | 2116196 fredquimby
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This Finnish nuclear dude reckons that FUKU was caused by HAARP and deep drilling down into an unstable layer, and that it is now fully unstable and was actually the cause of the reactor explosions.

Until yesterday when I saw this, I had been looking for a good reason why Germany shut down it's nuclear sites in a heartbeat.

Probably the same issues with teh quakes around the Iranian Nuke plant we have been seeing.

 


? 12:37? 12:37

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAUY-Y3Kiek

 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:20 | 2116566 Oh regional Indian
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Yup RS, just a bunch of antennae... nothing to see, just some invisible waves. Very true. It looks completely harmless.

ori

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:05 | 2116252 Barbarians_R_Us
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Yes, but Tesla abandoned that project in favor of making small way-overpriced electric sportcars.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:23 | 2116582 Oh regional Indian
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Hah! Funny BRS.

ori

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:19 | 2116306 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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ORI,

They found the Millenium Falcon in the Baltic!  Aliens is here and Krugman can finaaly sleep at night, knowing the recovery will take hold, fighting WWIII against ze aliens.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:24 | 2116587 Oh regional Indian
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That, while un-confirmed seems to be following the "Disclosure Times" meme perfectly, eh?

I saw the clip too, very interesting. I want that guy's submersible. :-)

ori

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:39 | 2116641 francis_sawyer
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Fine... so they have scalar waves down...

If so, why all the bother & mess with the subs & fleets?

Christ on a hotplate... You have a raygun & you're dicking around with slingshots?

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:53 | 2117181 Bolweevil
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military industrial uncle needs cash money

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 19:42 | 2118276 Tompooz
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A new volcanic island has appeared in the southern Red Sea, off the Yeman coast.

The warships are headed there to plant the US (false) flag.

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:59 | 2119541 CP3-O
Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:43 | 2116144 mess nonster
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That was a Sorcha Faal report, ORI. Bizarre stories with a 60% confirmation rate in the week following. It is what is is...

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:08 | 2116503 matrix2012
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Some Sorcha Faal reports  :-)  however bizarre they may look like...

well, a 60% confirmation rate gives much higher credibility than those craps reported by the corporate mainstream media!

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:22 | 2116575 Oh regional Indian
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Thanks Ness and Matrix. It's really a world where one's BS detector nees to be very very finely honed, eh? information overload.

But seriously, I go to the farthest limb out that I can see on most things, just so I can discount them completely or dig deeper.

This one is out there! :-)

ori

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:46 | 2116670 matrix2012
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While being there, look at this scary article:

Shocking Collapse Of World Economy Warned Is Underway

By: Sorcha Faal

February 1, 2012

A grim report just issued by the Finance Ministry that is circulating in the Kremlin today says the United States Clearing House Interbank Payments System (CHIPS) has ground to a virtual halt signaling that a major global economic collapse is currently underway and could very well likely enter into the dreaded “freefall zone.”

Virtually unknown to all but the global financial elite, CHIPS is the main privately held clearing house for large-value transactions in the United States, settling well over $1 trillion a day in around 250,000 interbank payments that together with the Fedwire Funds Service, which is operated by the Federal Reserve Banks, forms the primary US network for large-value domestic and international US dollar payments where it has a market share of around 96%.

The cause underlying the collapse of CHIPS, this report says, is due to the “unprecedented” demand for immediate liquidity relief being sought by the largest banks in the US and EU that are being crushed under of the combined debt of both the United States and Europe said to total near $39 trillion.

Important to note is that what is currently happening is a virtual repeat of the 2008 Financial Crisis that the United States Senate’s Levin–Coburn Report found “was not a natural disaster, but the result of high risk, complex financial products; undisclosed conflicts of interest; and the failure of regulators, the credit rating agencies, and the market itself to rein in the excesses of Wall Street.”

Grimly echoing this Ministry report is the latest data [see chart 2nd photo left, or click on link] from The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) that is a number issued daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange and shows it in freefall dropping 65% in the past 30 days alone, a terrifying amount of loss not seen since the dark days of late 2008.

Not restricted to Baltic Sea countries, the BDI tracks worldwide international shipping prices of various dry bulk cargoes that has collapsed so severely global shipping has all but ceased thus leaving our world’s largest transport ships anchored and empty off the coast of Singapore [photo 3rd left] in what is described as “the biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history whose numbers are equivalent to the entire British and American navies combined.”

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Tragedy And Hope: A History Of The World In Our Time

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 20:54 | 2118471 jerry_theking_lawler
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I can attest to their being 'alot' of ships in Singapore. I was there in mid December and the island was almost encircled  with ships....to a point that it looked like another city out at sea. It was amazing.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:58 | 2116217 carguym14
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Well,obviously everyone is there to try and get the space aliens to buy their bonds/treasurys/fiat first.

"Take me to your leader"

Goldman Sachs is thisaway........

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:39 | 2115957 Snidley Whipsnae
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"Iran Well Prepared For The Worst"

Asia Times On Line... Google it, no link...

"That last scenario is hardly theoretical. Lieutenant General Paul K Van Riper (US Marine Corps-retired) gained notoriety after the Millennium Challenge 2002 wargame, which was a major exercise conducted by the US armed forces in mid-2002, likely the largest such exercise in history.

It cost $250 million and involved both live exercises and computer simulations. The simulated combatants were the US, referred to as "Blue", and an unknown adversary in the Middle East, "Red", commanded by Lieutenant General Van Riper.

Red received an ultimatum from Blue, essentially a surrender document, demanding a response within 24 hours. Thus warned of Blue's approach, Red used a fleet of small boats to determine the position of Blue's fleet by the second day of the exercise. In a pre-emptive strike, Red launched a massive salvo of cruise missiles that overwhelmed the Blue forces' electronic sensors and destroyed 16 warships.

This included one aircraft carrier, 10 cruisers and five of six amphibious ships. An equivalent success in a real conflict would have resulted in the deaths of over 20,000 service personnel. Soon after the cruise missile offensive, another significant portion of Blue's navy was "sunk" by an armada of small Red boats, which carried out both conventional and suicide attacks that capitalized on Blue's inability to detect them as well as expected."

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:55 | 2116007 francis_sawyer
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Red received an ultimatum from Blue, essentially a surrender document

so I guess the RED team were the French in this one...

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:31 | 2116356 APC
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One word.  Lebanon.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:35 | 2116124 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Some things never change. Replace the word "Russians" with "Persians" and it's still the same old story:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVf7m_YZ2zY

 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:48 | 2116169 mess nonster
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Reminds me of those other large attacks, by giant conglomerations of modern weaponry...

Spanish Armada, 1588... defeated by smaller ships

Luftwaffe, 1940...defeated by radar

These could not gain superiority by their size and terrible numbers alone.

I can only hope the economy craters before the war starts.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:46 | 2116414 Jean
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and said study was used to justify ~1,600M USD in littoral combat improvements over the last decade.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 13:19 | 2116802 matrix2012
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As appears on Asia Times Online,

Iran well prepared for the worst (2012-01-31)

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Iran is reshaping its military forces to steadily increase the threat to Gulf shipping and shipping in the Gulf of Oman, It also is gradually increasing its ability to operate in the Indian Ocean. 

This increase in Iranian capability is almost certainly not designed to take the form of a major war with the US and southern Gulf states, which could result from any Iranian effort to truly close the Gulf. It does, however, give Iran the ability to carry out a wide range of much lower level attacks which could sharply raise the risk to Gulf shipping, and either reduce tanker traffic and shipping or sharply raise the insurance cost of such ship movements and put a different kind of pressure on the other Gulf states and world oil prices.

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And given how heavily the US depends on various bases and facilities in nationals like Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US military should diversify and harden its Persian Gulf bases to complicate Iran's ballistic missile targeting, while creating an expanded network of distant shared access locations to support initial US power-projection operations from beyond the reach of Iran's anti-access threats. 

Many US forces in the region are supported by bases that are in close proximity to Iran. In addition to the port facilities in Manama, US Navy ships frequent ports at Jebel Ali near Dubai in the UAE. 

Central Command air forces operate from a number of locations in the region, including al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and al-Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Al Udeid hosts the USCENTAF (US Air Forces Central Command) CAOC (Combined Air Operations Center), a critical command and control node for US air and space operations throughout Central Command. These and other US forward operating locations are well within the reach of numerous strike systems, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, that could be launched from Iran's coastal areas. 

Proxy groups also could have a major impact on US forces and forward operating locations. Using commercially obtained overhead imagery, unconventional forces could fix the coordinates of Persian Gulf port facilities, airfields and fuel depots for guided mortar and rocket attacks. 

Unconventional forces could also use advanced man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), such as the Russian-made SA-24 to attack US aircraft transiting supposedly "friendly" airspace, and use ASCMs, antiship mines, or maritime improvised explosive devices against ships in the Suez Canal, Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf sea ports of debarkation (SPODs). 

Iran would also have benefit from being able to exploit its interior lines of operation to deploy and frequently move its mobile ballistic missiles batteries to complicate US counter-strikes, as well as create a distributed resupply network that would be resistant to attack. 

While Iran's ballistic missiles are not without limitations, such as limited accuracy for some of them and lack of launchers, the report finds that they give it a strike capability that would be difficult and expensive for US forces to counter. Over the course of the next 20 years, it is possible that Iran will make progress toward addressing these shortfalls. 

According to Cronin, "Iran has levers here and their anti-access and area denial capabilities are proven. We would have a difficult time."


Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:16 | 2117020 ElvisDog
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16 sunk U.S. ships, eh? Reminds of the Time magazine article I read before the first Iraq war. It went into breathless detail of the battle-hardened Iraqi army, the fearsome Revolutionay Guard (or whatever they were called), and the "killing fields" that would swallow up the hopelessly outmatched U.S. army. All based on wargames and computer simulations. But .... when the reall shooting started, none of that happened.

And now we're supposed to believe that a bunch of guys zipping around in aluminum fishing boats are going to sink the U.S. navy with their fearsome "asymmetric" warfare techniques. Sorry, bunch of crap, not buying it.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:41 | 2115967 wisefool
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Canuckistani

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:49 | 2115994 battle axe
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I think you are coming down with a very bad cold and can not travel. The boss will by that, start laying the ground work. 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 14:22 | 2117047 General Decline
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The boss is coming with me.  I have to give him credit for leading by example.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:56 | 2116011 The system sucks
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You better get the inflections right. "Please don't kill me, I'm Canadian, "eh" " or they will ;)

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:18 | 2116085 lance_manion
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The word is 'eh'.  And if you were really Canadian you would preface that statement with "I'm sorry..." :)

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:28 | 2116350 prains
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try also asking where you can get a beer

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:41 | 2116390 APC
Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:18 | 2116521 JOYFUL
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good effort, but still not entering bullseye territory boyz:

used to be, it was enough to show the passport, yu'd be offa the hook for all serial crimes committed in the name of G-sukz, Rottenschilds etc. etc.

...we be peacekeepers it said.

Then the frat boy from Islington ON  with the degree in mailroom studies, oil company major, Calgary Alta. came, saw, n took over:  no more Liberal lies, n pussyfootin....this dominion belongs to B'nai Brith he said...you don't like it, we'll indict yu fore a 'hate crimes' committee of unelected elect.  All yur stuff belongz to us!

Did you read about the guy who crossed into Femarika without a passport- just used a scanned copy on his IPad????...here's the trick for mid-eastern travels hosers: I always have  Gino Vanelli  on the Appl device - every time I go through passport control, I always have this live version of BROTHER TO BROTHER* playing - when they inevitably look, then ask, I tell them it's my cousin Gino from Montreal on the vocals....heck, works every time on the  bescarfed female officers, and even the mustachioed guys can't hide their admiration....all the [reverse] racial profiling goes up in smoke n smiles.

hostage event? ak-47 wielding Hezbollah guys on bikes?  no problem....play the video....then wave the leaf....

like the sign on my favourite 24\7 donut store @Bathurst&Davenport used to read, best[strategy]all round!

*http://youtu.be/vHt1t-GxNWw  ....play guitar?????? Check out Carlos Rios!!!!!!!! ...Jimi came back just to hear this!

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:57 | 2116705 Oh regional Indian
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Someone is missing the Good Old Canada it would seem!

Carlos....very very good. Thanks for that link.

ori

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:26 | 2115918 francis_sawyer
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So is this the CIC's way of saying "it's on like underwater donkey kong"?

better be careful, it's rumored that he got a B- in underwater basket weaving at Occidental (which helped his GPA enough to get him into Harvard)...

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:40 | 2115966 Athena
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Perhaps Iran will throw a nuke.  How far away are the BUFs?

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:02 | 2116469 HungrySeagull
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We have a few in Barksdale, Some in Guam, others around the USA and a few in Europe.

Instead of worrying about how far they are, think in terms of WHAT TIME will they arrive over the target during the day or night.

We don't use these things in a properly defended air space because they are just too big. Mr Magoo with his 1950's radar can see it coming.

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:44 | 2115980 MassDecep
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Nothing like a good war to get the sheeples minds off the Financial system.

Ahh, we can also make billions if not trillions on this war!!!

Grab some power in the states, after the big incident happens. Gun confiscation while they are in shock!!!

And another carrot...., Get rid of some of these useless eaters.

 

It's a win win situation.

 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:05 | 2116048 mattu13048
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Anybody from the big oil companies here? This company http://www.defkalion-energy.com/ is soon going to force you out of business. At least according to Armada Markets recent private note sent to clients. 

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 10:47 | 2116164 TheFourthStooge-ing
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How long are you going to keep spamming this armada markets crap?

 

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