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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:36 PM
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Three boats explode at Iraqi oil terminal
Edited on Sat Apr-24-04 10:42 PM by JCMach1
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/43617F94-ED23-42...

Three boats have exploded an Iraqi oil platform and two oil tankers off the coast, according to a British military spokesman...

The blasts on Saturday evening, appear to be coordinated human bomb attacks, Captain Hisham H Halawi said.

There was no immediate word on casualties or damage from the blasts, he added.

It was the first known maritime attack on Iraqi oil facilities since the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Resistance fighters have been attacking pipelines in the north and south of Iraq, at times disrupting the export of oil.

The first blast came when an occupation warship patrolling the Gulf sighted a small boat near an oil platform, Halawi said. The warship sent a team to the boat, but when they boarded it, the boat exploded, he said. ...
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:42 PM
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1. This just hit the Regime where it lives.
When this White House starts bleeding oil, things are truly desperate. Interesting also to note aljazeera's reference to "occupation" forces!

:freak:
dbt
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:45 PM
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2. ...are these new attacks??

Cause something similar happened about 12-16 hours ago...
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 10:48 PM
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3. Dateline: Sunday 25 April 2004, 0:44 Makka Time, 21:44 GMT
Attack was Saturday evening... that would be 6-9hrs our time.
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:17 AM
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4. according to JMM at TPM
all the oil flows from there.

cheney is tossing and turning tonight
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:18 AM
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6. Yes, the attack was on the offshore Basra oil terminal
The terminal itself was not damaged.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:17 AM
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5. 2 navy personnel were also killed in the attack
per CNN International And SKYNEWS
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T Bone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 03:12 AM
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7. Tell me again
who is the dumbass? that said: "Bring it on."
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 03:21 AM
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8. AP report: Iraq Boat Attack Kills Two U.S. Sailors
Posted on Sun, Apr. 25, 2004

Iraq Boat Attack Kills Two U.S. Sailors

BASSEM MROUE
Associated Press


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Suicide attackers detonated explosive-laden boats near oil facilities in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, killing two U.S. Navy sailors in a new tactic against Iraq's vital oil industry. Elsewhere, violence across Iraq killed at least 33 Iraqis and four American soldiers.

It was the first such maritime attack against oil facilities since U.S. troops invaded Iraqi more than a year ago. The blasts resembled attacks in 2000 and 2002 - blamed on al-Qaida - against the USS Cole and a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen that killed 17 American sailors and a tanker crewman.
(snip)

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the purpose of the teleconference was mainly for Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, to give Bush and others an update on the situation inside the city and the U.S. Marines' readiness to resume offensive operations against thousands of insurgents holed up there.

In the Gulf attack, three dhows, or small boats, drew close to two major oil terminals in Gulf waters about 100 miles from Iraq's main port, Umm Qasr, and exploded when coalition craft tried to intercept them. A U.S. Navy craft was flipped by the blast, killing the American sailors and injuring five others, the U.S. military said.
(snip/...)

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news...
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 08:53 AM
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9. thank god the oiL's ok
the admin. was worried for a second.
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keithyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:47 AM
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10. Now the resistence is taking the battle to where it will hurt the US
Blowing up Iraqi pipelines and oil tankers will give the US reason to continue with empire!
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