Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Mahdi Army Can Read

Looks like Muqtada al-Sadr's folks are brushing off copies of Brave New War, same as the Taliban -

Iraq: Clashes Hit Oil Export Capability
from Stratfor, March 27, 2008

...The Zubair-1 crude oil export pipeline in Basra in southern Iraq was bombed March 27, and as a result of the blast and fire, the main pumping station was shut down. The Zubair-1 pipeline transports crude oil to tanks at Iraq’s two exporting terminals on the Persian Gulf. Iraqi oil officials said March 27 that exports from Basra will return to normal levels later in the day. Earlier, a Southern Oil Co. official said it would take three days to repair the pipeline.

Ninety percent of Iraqi crude is exported through the Basra infrastructure. The production and movement of oil will be cut by roughly one-third until the Zubair-1 pipeline is repaired. The damage will take exports from about 1.54 million barrels per day down to 1.016 million. Therefore, Iraqi authorities will need to move quickly on both the repair and security fronts to prevent any further disruption of oil production and export...

...Operational pipelines in the south also have been shielded from attacks because the central government refrained from upsetting the balance of power in the area. However, the damage to the Zubair-1 pipeline is not surprising, given the ongoing security operation against Shiite militias and oil mafia in the Basra region. Unless the security situation is brought under control quickly, Iraq’s only source of income could take a severe hit...

The move by Maliki and the Badr Brigades to marginalize Sadr's people in the run-up to elections this year could blow up in everybody's faces. Literally.

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