Monday, October 20, 2014

Saudi Arabia to pressure Russia, Iran with price of oil - Anadolu Agency

Saudi Arabia plans to sell oil cheap for political reasons, one analyst says.

To pressure Iran to limit its nuclear program, and to change Russia's position on Syria, Riyadh will sell oil below the average spot price at $50 to $60 per barrel in the Asian markets and North America, says Rashid Abanmy, President of the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabia Oil Policies and Strategic Expectations Center. The marked decrease in the price of oil in the last three months, to $92 from $115 per barrel, was caused by Saudi Arabia, according to Abanmy.

With oil demand declining, the ostensible reason for the price drop is to attract new clients, Abanmy said, but the real reason is political. Saudi Arabia wants to get Iran to limit its nuclear energy expansion, and to make Russia change its position of support for the Assad Regime in Syria. Both countries depend heavily on petroleum exports for revenue, and a lower oil price means less money coming in, Abanmy pointed out. The
Gulf states will be less affected by the price drop, he added....
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/402343--saudi-arabia-to-pressure-russia-iran-with-price-of-oil 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Petro Global News - U.S. airstrikes cut Islamic State oil production by 50,000 bpd

After a month of U.S. led airstrikes the extremist group Islamic State is facing a major downturn in oil production used by the group to fund its activities.

The Paris-based International Energy Agency reported that total oil production from fields captured by Islamic State has dropped from about 70,000 barrels per day to 20,000 barrels per day.

Before the airstrike campaign Islamic State controlled seven oil fields and a refinery in northern Iraq as well as six oil fields in eastern Syria.

In September, the airstrikes destroyed 15 Syrian refineries captured by Islamic State.

According to the report, the air campaign in northern Iraq and Syria is “frustrating the jihadists’ ability to operate oil fields and refineries.”

The IEA said that at peak output Islamic State was sending about 120 tanker trucks carrying about 20,000 barrels of oil per day from Iraq and through Kurdistan.

The airstrikes have slashed shipments to about 10 trucks per day, or about 2,000 barrels of oil per day.

The U.S. led campaign has also taken out “dozens of teapot refineries” in Syria the IEA said, squeezing Islamic State’s gasoline supply.

Kurdistan and Turkey are also ramping up their efforts to curtail smuggling, seizing tanker trucks controlled by Islamic State and arresting the drivers....
http://petroglobalnews.com/2014/10/u-s-airstrikes-cut-islamic-state-oil-production-by-50000-bpd/ 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fort Campbell Troops On Ebola Mission Won’t Get Full Protective Gear - Nashville public radio

Troops from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon briefing Wednesday.
“They don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in Africa said.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals, ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said.
Soldiers’ health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick, Rodriguez said they will be flown home immediately for treatment.
Next week, the 101st Airborne will hold a traditional pre-deployment ceremony, known as a “color casing”, before departing for Liberia, though a handful of soldiers are already on the ground.http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/10/08/fort-campbell-troops-ebola-mission-wont-get-full-protective-gear/

-bth: this is the same bullshit that was pulled in 2003 when the army said they didn't need to issue ceramic body armor to transportation soldiers because they wouldn't be in combat.  Well you know shit happens and pretty quickly equipment for  a known threat is going to be needed in placed least expected.  So do these soldiers ever step in mud or crap on the ground?  Do they ever have a person give them a hug unexpectedly?  What about a kid throwing up unexpectedly?  So what happens when the first week hundreds of sick and dieing people start showing up outside the front gate begging for medical help?  Do you think these soldiers won't be exposed the bio-hazards? 

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American military advisers, 200 armored vehicles arrive near Tikrit - Iraq News

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/american-military-advisers-200-armored-vehicles-arrive-near-tikrit/
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) On Sunday a security source in the province stated that a number of US military advisers and 200 armored vehicles arrived at the northern  base in Tikrit University.
The source said, “Tens of US military advisers accompanied by 200 armored vehicles arrived to back Iraqi forces who are positioned in the University of Tikrit.”