ISIS-Led Militants Take Over Iraq's Biggest Oil Refinery

World | June 18, 2014, Wednesday // 12:57| Views: 1039 | Comments: 5
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Bulgaria: ISIS-Led Militants Take Over Iraq's Biggest Oil Refinery Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has openly accused Saudi Arabia of supporting the ISIS militants operating in his country. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Islamist insurgents invaded the Baiji oil refinery, the biggest such facility in Iraq, as they are pushing toward the capital Baghdad after having seized a number of cities.

Some 75 percent of Baiji, located 210 km north of Bagdad, is now under the control of militants led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), as the BBC reports citing officials.

Foreign staff has been evacuated from the refinery which provides over a fourth of the country's entire capacity.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shia-dominated government has tried to push rebels back with air strikes, but rebels are determined to continue their offensive.

Hundreds have died since ISIS began capturing Iraqi towns and cities last week, including second-largest city Mosul and Saddam Hussein's hometown Tirkit.

As the conflict deepens, Iran has also shown it could intervene, with President Hassan Rouhani warning his government would not hesitate to defend Shia shrines located on Iraqi territory from "great powers, their mercenaries, murderers and terrorists," as German weekly Der Spiegel quoted him as saying.

A number of Shiite tombs are located in Baghdad, Samarra, Karbala and other towns and cities, and ISIS has vowed to demolish them.

Such threats could also incite Iraqi Shiites to take arms and defend holy venues. Many fear this could make the conflict descend into full-scale sectarian war.

Saudi Arabia has also publicly expressed its stance on the fighting in Iraq, with Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal saying Iraq was facing a risk of civil war.

Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki, however, has openly accused Ryadh of supporting the Sunni militants.

ISIS has altogether about 10 000 fighters in Iraq and Syria and controls strips of territories in both countries which it aims to unite into an Islamist enclave.

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US Constitution - 20 Jun 2014 // 07:15:31

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#3
malak petko - 19 Jun 2014 // 19:08:29

USA is not fighting ISIS and will not fight it!!

#2
malak petko - 19 Jun 2014 // 19:07:08

People do not believe that USA is spreading radical Islam, because they do not understand how it is happening. But in all territorial gains of Muslim societies against Christian societies and in all transformations of secular Muslim states into Sharia states after WWII, USA were present and were active on the side of the islamists.
How it is happening?? First of all Saudi Arabia alone or any Muslim country or alliance can’t do it. They can’t, because there are states and other religions who will prevent this. But they have the help from the largest military power in the world.
USA is one party, totalitarian pseudo-state. It is governed by Demo-Republicans and no other party is allowed. There is not a major difference between the democrats and republicans. In the shadow, the demo-republicans are directed by lobbying groups. Who the lobbying groups represent????? They represent the big money – (the old money, the new money, the oil money…and very obviously the billions of the Saudies).
As a military power, USA is employed to expand the markets, to defend the legal Usury and to promote the interests of the lobbyist. But the societies affected by this become weaker. Because usury and the corporate pseudo-culture suppress the normal human reproduction - they destroy the families, they favor over exploitation of the women as a consumer units not as mothers… they are generally directed against the Ten Commandments ……and they destroy the states. Because the states are enemies of the usury!!!! States can impose control over the corporations and banks. So one of the enemy of USA, as a promoter of the culture of usury, is the state.
The weakened societies than became victims of the second wave of invasion, this of Islam. The Promoters of usury does not have obligations to preserve the society and they do not know how. They suck the resources without creating sustainable society. Islam is coming to fill the gap, because of the high birth rate it creates and via the trans-border immigration. That is how Germany irreversibly is turning into the Turkish Republic of Germanistan and France is turning into an arab state.
So the promoters of Usury and the Islamic jihadists have a common enemy – the real state.
The lobbying is another part of the story. USA citizens do not have a clue how a person without clear nationality and a Muslim in reality, becomes a president of USA?????
May be he become a president with one purpose. To allow the creation of another Taliban state in Iraq, and to tolerate the violent transformation of Africa into a Muslim continent.
What to say more??? May be to remind to our dear USA ambassador, any time when she has a menstrual cycle, to remind herself, that she is inferior human being!!!!! And in the world she is working for there is no place for Blond Female Ambassadors. Not in the Iraqi Taliban state created now with the greatest efforts of USA, nor in the future republic of Germanistan.

#1
Optimistic - 18 Jun 2014 // 16:36:21

In fighting ISIS the US is becoming an ally to Assad, Iran and Hizbollah who are the main fighters against ISIS.