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Thu Jul 14, 2016, 04:24 AM

Here's why ISIS just blew up 5 of its own oil refineries in Iraq

Five oil wells set on fire is the latest disaster caused by ISIS militants. The de facto rulers of Mosul set the wells on fire in a bid to stop the Iraqi army, which has been steadily advancing to the capital of the terrorist group, Fars News reports. In addition to the well blow-ups, ISIS also mined roads in the vicinity.

The wells were located near the Qayyrah refining complex in the province of Nineveh, where the Iraqi army has been preparing to take on Mosul the city that fell to the militants in 2014. A day ago the army successfully took control of the Qayyrah airbase, which is 60 miles south of Mosul.

Blowing up the wells is a desperate measure: ISIS relies on oil for its funding and the destruction of refineries and oil tankers in the territories under its control has been a priority for the army. Earlier this month, media reported that the terrorist group is digging pits in the oil fields around Mosul to use as storage, and is also constructing makeshift teapot refineries to process the crude.

The information came from aerial photos taken by Stratfor, showing scores of tiny little refining units. These typically require just a pit for the crude and a portable furnace to separate the fuel fractions.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/isis-blew-up-5-oil-refineries-in-iraq-2016-7



Firefighters try to put out the fire in an oil tank in the port of Es Sider, in Ras Lanuf, Libya after an ISIS attack. Reuters

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Reply Here's why ISIS just blew up 5 of its own oil refineries in Iraq (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Jul 2016 OP
Cooley Hurd Jul 2016 #1
jtuck004 Jul 2016 #5
Cooley Hurd Jul 2016 #9
Post removed Jul 2016 #12
joshcryer Jul 2016 #6
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #10
uhnope Jul 2016 #2
joshcryer Jul 2016 #7
secondwind Jul 2016 #3
BlueStateLib Jul 2016 #11
Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2016 #4
ProfessorGAC Jul 2016 #8

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:12 AM

1. Why ISIS does anything that they do?

 

...because they're assholes.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:15 AM

5. Imagine the people here that were killed by our assholes - I mean ancestors. lol.

 

A whole nation founded on assholes. No wonder we are where we are...

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:36 PM

9. I don't recall OUR ancestors plowing a truck into a crown in France...

 

...and then gunmen jump from the truck and fire on the rest of the crowd.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141519268

Scurry off now...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:15 AM

6. They wanted to create a new caliphate.

It seems they underestimated the rest of the middle east to have another one (Saudi Arabia being the sole caliphate in the region and unlikely to change due to US's support of that state).

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:54 PM

10. They're just insuring perpetual war...

got to feed the war machine.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:20 AM

2. Iraq is actually making pretty good progress in the war against ISIS

 

unlike Assad/Russia in Syria

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Response to uhnope (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:18 AM

7. Shame ISIS leaders were former Saddam generals, etc.

Bush created ISIS. Assad fostered them.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:22 AM

3. It took two years -- two years -- to put out the fires in Iraq's oil wells the last time....n/t

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Response to secondwind (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 07:03 PM

11. Gulf War Kuwait oil fires

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:55 AM

4. Dirty Daesh. . . nt

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:21 AM

8. Headline Says Refineries

But the article only talks about wells. It mentions building teapot refineries near the oil pits they dug for storage, but nothing in the article says they blew up refineries.

Editor must not know the difference between an oil well and a refinery.

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