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11 Years On, We’re Still In ‘Shock And Awe’ Over Iraq

by James Stafford, Oil Price:

Iraq is burning, and now its largest refinery has quite possibly been taken over by Sunni insurgents.

On June 18, reports on the ground remained unclear as to who controls the refinery, with Iraqi security forces saying they were close to retaking full control, but other sources suggesting the refinery was surrounding by insurgents allied with anti-government tribes from the area.

By June 19, the Iraqi Oil Report was twittering that the Iraqi security forces were inside the refinery, but that the Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and their loose alliance with local tribes were controlling everything around the refinery, and that production had been completely halted.

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