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Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing takes over the oilfields once belonging to Assad
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5 18 13 | Richard Spencer

Posted on 05/19/2013 2:59:00 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

Up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil were previously produced by wells around the city of Raqqa and in the desert region to its east that are now in rebel hands - in particular Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda off-shoot which is the strongest faction in this part of the country.

Now the violently anti-Western jihadist group, which has been steadily extending its control in the region, is selling the crude oil to local entrepreneurs, who use home-made refineries to produce low-grade petrol and other fuels for Syrians facing acute shortages.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedasyria; syriaalqaeda; syriaoil; syriarebels; syriawar

1 posted on 05/19/2013 2:59:00 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Interesting that the retreating forces didn’t put the wells to the torch. The oil will make the rebels stronger. I’ll wager Assad gave the order to burn the wells and the commander on the scene found a reason why he couldn’t.


2 posted on 05/19/2013 3:09:29 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: BarnacleCenturion

That’s unexpected. Who would have guessed that Obama’s strategy would help America’s enemies - again?


3 posted on 05/19/2013 3:20:40 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Undocumented Tyrant's GunWalking AG (and hero of al Qaeda):
"Our ONLY enemy is the American people who are white."

4 posted on 05/19/2013 3:25:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I’ll give Syrians the vote:

1. Moderate Guy
2. Nuke Me


5 posted on 05/19/2013 3:33:19 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Diogenesis

We are doomed.


6 posted on 05/19/2013 4:11:22 AM PDT by Shady (Abolish The IRS and Obamacare...it isn't going to cure anything...)
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To: Shady
"We are doomed."

I wouldn't say "doomed"...but the clean-up of all this mess is certainly going to be messy...very very messy.


I am only tangentially referring to this oil-field story.

7 posted on 05/19/2013 4:23:14 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Shady

Here come Da Caliphate!


8 posted on 05/19/2013 4:27:28 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Arming the Syrian rebels is the same as arming al-Qaeda

Obama just gave these "rebels" yet ANOTHER aid package, this one for $130,000,000.

Syrian "rebel" terrorists eat heart of a dead Syrian soldier

These demon possessed heart eaters and murderers are getting millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars.

Meanwhile........

Our own Pentagon announced this week that it confirmed it cannot even make payroll:

DOD furlough plan to affect 9 in 10 civilians

So we give millions to The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Al Qaeda, but we won't even give Dept of Defense nurses, maintainers, teachers, and engineers their own paychecks.

Remember the quaint days of Iran-Contra when Congress shut down the entire country for months to "get the bottom" of which rebel group received even a dime of aid?

Now, we are giving billions away to those who are our enemies, but we don't pay the Pentagon employees.

Could this country be any more broken?


9 posted on 05/19/2013 4:40:31 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Halliburton!


10 posted on 05/19/2013 4:41:32 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus III (Do, or do not, there is no try.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Couldn't obama have just given them an iPod full of pictures of himself? He chooses now to start giving extravagant gifts?
11 posted on 05/19/2013 5:27:28 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

local entrepreneurs, who use home-made refineries to produce low-grade petrol and other fuels for Syrians facing acute shortages.

If Obama keeps on, it will come down to this.
What the hell, it’s the American way!


12 posted on 05/19/2013 7:41:52 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Pollster1

Who is the new supreme leader of Al Queda, al-Zawahiri or bahu-Bama?


13 posted on 05/19/2013 8:00:48 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Wow! We could have a new show to add after “Backyard Oil”, namely, “Backyard Refinery”, though somehow I imagine that those whacky Arab redneck colloquialisms don’t translate to well into English.


14 posted on 05/19/2013 8:08:09 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus III

I knew Darth Cheney was responsible


15 posted on 05/19/2013 8:19:54 AM PDT by Patriot95
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To: BarnacleCenturion
is selling the crude oil to local entrepreneurs, who use home-made refineries to produce low-grade petrol and other fuels

Adam Smith's invisible hand at work....

Maybe someone in CA with a big tract of land could hire some of these guys....

....at least the Indian Tribes in North Dakota are building an oil refinery on their land.

16 posted on 05/19/2013 9:19:12 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Poor likely the Syrians were too dumb to plan that far ahead or they simply assume they will retake the wells later and want them in good shape.


17 posted on 05/19/2013 9:27:11 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: spokeshave
MAKOTI, NORTH DAKOTA -- A tribally owned refinery project costing $450 million is getting closer to development stages.

A "historical" ground breaking took place on the Fort Berthold Reservation on Wednesday. The event came at the conclusion of the Three Affiliated Tribes annual oil and gas expo in New Town.

Thunder Butte Petroleum Inc., the name of the new refinery, was originally estimated to cost $350 million. The cost went up as the project moved forward and overcame many obstacles.

Tex Hall, the chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, said planning for the project began in 2001. "The idea back then was to refine Canadian Tar Sands but that has been changed to Bakken oil." he said.

Hall explained "Thunder Butte" was named for one of the most sacred sites on the reservation. He said the site was chosen because of its size and proximity to a highway.

The project is being broken into four phases of construction, according to Richard Mayer, the chief executive officer of Thunder Butte Petroleum Services. He stated the refinery will provide cost savings to tribal members through fuel, propane and other fuels that will be processed at the facility.

Chairman Hall later said $40 million has been set aside for the development of the first stage of the project. The refinery could process up to 20,000 barrels of Bakken crude per day.

18 posted on 05/19/2013 9:38:44 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Homemade refineries, eh? I wonder how they “crack” the crude..?


19 posted on 05/19/2013 10:04:27 AM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: cardinal4

“crude” is the operable word here. not elaborate at all. The ones I’m familiar with boil the crude in open barrels, rake off the tar, and basically repeat at the proper temp. to get down to essentially kerosene then gasoline. The guys who do this are crafty and gutsy and generally lucky and I’m pretty sure they go home smelling like a paving crew. They also make onehelluvamess with their leftovers.


20 posted on 05/19/2013 10:43:45 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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21 posted on 05/19/2013 12:54:48 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Our enemies know that time is on their side. They wait for democrats to gain control and start grabbing.
The long term strategy is for Russia to control Europe’s oil supply and their Iranian friends will control every oil field from Arabia to Morocco.
When AlQaida and the Muslim Brotherhood are no longer useful Russia will wipe them out through their Iranian proxy. The shia will put an end to the Hanbali/Wahhabi islam of Saudi Arabia and the Hanafi islam of Turkey will disappear under a Russian boot.
The “Golden Age” of islam was when shia ruled and they mean to restore that age.
The only obstacle to Iran’s ambition is the Saudi regime, but the US and European countries that support them are in decline - it is only a matter of time until they fall.


22 posted on 05/20/2013 6:49:19 AM PDT by hank ernade
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