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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:12 PM
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Boat Attacks Iraq's Main Oil Terminal -UK Military
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 01:27 PM by Robbien
BASRA (Reuters) - At least one boat attacked Iraq's main oil terminal offshore in the Gulf on Saturday, a British military spokesman said.

Asked about an unconfirmed report that two boats exploded at the Basra terminal in suicide attacks, Major Ian Clooey told Reuters: "We are just getting reports that there has been an incident at the Basra offshore terminal. There are no firm details yet but we know of at least one vessel involved."

that is all there is in the article, link:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...

edit to fix link
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:18 PM
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1. Is this Saddam's navy that was in hiding? Naval attack?
just kidding.
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Flagg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:18 PM
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2. BRING' EM ON ! cried the AWOL CHIMP
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:22 PM
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3. I went into link and just got a blank Reuters page..... anyone else??
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:26 PM
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5. I cannot seem to fix that link, it breaks at the semi-colon
the page now has one additional line

Iraq is almost completely dependent on the Basra terminal to export around 1.9 million barrels per day, providing badly needed state funding.

See if this link works
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:10 PM
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18. "...providing badly needed state funding."
Yeah. I'm sure the money's going to Iraqis and not Halliburton.

:eyes:

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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:26 PM
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6. Yep, same thing happened when I went there
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:24 PM
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4. Looks like the fremen have struck again.
So much for Baron Haarkonen and his "the spice will flow" statement.

Things are looking bad for the Emperor, surely the guild will not stand for this wasting of spice.
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Mikimouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:44 PM
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9. Send a third stage Guild Navigator to Crawford!
...I see plans within plans within plans...I see two great houses, house * and house Saud feuding...I see you behind it...
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:19 PM
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21. Nice reference to "Dune"...and extremely appropriate!
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:32 PM
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7. Update: Explosion at Offshore Oil Rig Off Iran/Iraq -U.K.
LONDON (Reuters) - An explosion occurred at an oil rig off the coast of the Iran/Iraq border, a spokeswoman for the British Defense Ministry in London said on Saturday.
"There has been an explosion at the oil rig that is now known as the al Bakra rig but used to be known as the al Basra," the spokeswoman said. "It is seven miles offshore on the Iran/Iraq border."

She said she had no further details.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 01:40 PM
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8. Update: Boat Explodes Near Iraq's Basra Oil Terminal
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A boat exploded alongside a ship tied up at Basra's offshore oil terminal on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, a British military spokesman said.
Major Ian Clooey told Reuters a second boat was intercepted by a U.S.-led coalition vessel as it approached the exclusion zone around Iraq's main oil terminal and there was an explosion soon after it was boarded.

Clooey said he had not received reports of casualties in the second explosion.


http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:13 PM
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10. Iraq shuts Basra oil terminal after attacks
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LAD465992.htm

BASRA, Iraq, April 24 (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities shut down the Basra offshore oil terminal on Saturday after it was attacked, officials at the Southern Oil Company said.

more

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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:13 PM
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11. I've always felt that the resistance fighters
would have better results if they attacked the oil pipeline, rather than go after the troops. The US does not care nearly as much about the troops as their precious black gold.

Going for the pipeline involves less risk, and sabotage can be done at night with a timing device.

So now it looks like they went for the jugular. Allow me a little after-the-fact gloating. Now watch them scramble in Washington like an anthill with a stick poked into it.

Ka-ching Ka-ching Ka-ching, they just hit the jackpot. I wonder if other insurgents will follow suit.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:39 PM
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13. That 1.9 bbd is earmarked for China
China buys all the black gold from Basra ports.

Wonder if the port is still operational.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:13 PM
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19. "That 1.9 bbd is earmarked for China." Not that I doubt you, but - source?
I've not heard that, would be interesting info, considering the race between China and the US to stock up on oil reserves before Peak Oil really starts hitting both countries.

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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:06 PM
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16. the oil pipelines in the north have produced NOTHING...
since the start of this fiasco. There was a little bit on the news on Thurs. showing a pipeline blaze yet again from sabatoge.I am sure it happens daily yet we never get news of it. You are right, once the black gold finally stops altogether then the neocons may rethink their plans for the ME... :eyes:
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:36 PM
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12. Hmmm, I don't think UK will be able to move...
troops north as per US requests anytime soon.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:44 PM
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14. Update: Basra Oil Terminal, Boat Undamaged - UK MoD
LONDON (Reuters) - An explosion at the Basra offshore oil terminal on Saturday did no damage either to the platform or a boat moored alongside, Britain's Ministry of Defense said.

"A boat exploded next to it. But there was no damage to the oil terminal or the boat alongside it," a spokeswoman told Reuters in London. "As far as I know there were no British casualties."

Officials have said a second suicide bomb boat was intercepted and exploded later.


http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&s...
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mulethree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 02:47 PM
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15. gee you'd think such a vital target would be protected
maybe by say, Navy ships since the army is so busy?

We should fire ourselves as the ones responsible for Iraqs security
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:09 PM
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17. will they go there again?
Then: Condi Rice, 'no one imagined planes could've been used as weapons' (approximate paraphrase of her statement).

Now?: Don Rumsfeld, 'no one imagined boats could've been used as weapons' (expected paraphrase of his statement).

who/what are we dealing with in this misadministration?

Jeeeeeeze! :crazy:
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:17 PM
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20. FAUX now says..
...two coalition soldiers dead, five wounded in that attack.
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:32 PM
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22. it could easily have been a huge disaster, grasswire.
brings to mind something i've always been concerned about.
all of our nuclear power plants are at water's edge. boats? scuba divers? condi rice?
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 03:36 PM
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23. Soon it will
be frogmen using small shaped charges to blow small holes in the underwater pipe line. Small is good enough to disrupt.

180
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:13 PM
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24. Two US Sailors killed.
They were attempting to board the small boats.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:16 PM
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25. That makes 7 US Service members killed today...
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 04:16 PM by leftchick
I just heard about the seamen on NPR. The GOOD news is the oil is STILL flowing... :puke:
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nostamj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:37 PM
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28. that makes 9 today (at least) n/t
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markses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:39 PM
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29. Please enumerate.
Thanks.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:52 PM
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30. 9?
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 04:54 PM by leftchick
I heard 7 on NPR at the 5:00 hour. More does not suprise me in the least and actually it is probably a LOT more.... :(
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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:21 PM
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27. Where is this in relation to the pipeline to Turkey - they just got a 2nd
auction out of there since last August. I apologize, but geography has never been my strong suite.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world_busine...

snip>
In a first auction last month no US firm was successful, the winners being Royal Dutch/Shell, France's Total, Eni of Italy, Repsol YPF, Hellenic Petroleum and Tupras, with one million barrels each.

The oil will be piped for loading at Turkey's Mediterranean terminal of Ceyhan.

The pipeline became operational last month after being largely out of use since last August, following the invasion of US-led forces and the ousting of dictator Saddam Hussein.

Saddam loyalists and other insurgents were blamed for a series of attacks on the pipeline which disrupted flow.

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