Friday, August 18, 2006

Freedom Is On The March In Iraq.....

Gas Lines In Baghdad

By way of Atriot Chicago Dyke..

Thu Aug 17, 10:22 AM ET


Iraq has doubled the money allocated for importing oil products in August and September to tackle the country's worst fuel shortage since

Saddam Hussein's 2003 ouster, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday.

en though Iraq has the world's third-largest proven oil reserves, it is forced to depend on imports because of an acute shortage of refined products such as gasoline, kerosene and cooking gas. Sabotage of pipelines by insurgents, corruption and aging refineries have been blamed.

Falah Alamri, head of the State Oil Marketing Organization, which is responsible for Iraq's imports of oil products, said the money normally allocated by the government to buy oil products was doubled in August, to $426 million. The normally allocated amount would be doubled for September, too, Alamri told Dow Jones Newswires.

A gallon of gasoline now sells on the black market in Baghdad for about $4.92, although its official price is $0.64. Lines of cars at many Baghdad fuel stations stretch several miles, and drivers sometime wait overnight to fill their cars.

Iraq has been plagued by periodic fuel shortages since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The current crisis comes amid higher demand for fuel to power generators and cool homes and offices as summer temperatures reach 120 degrees.

Alamri said the shortage was further aggravated by the closure of the Beiji refinery north of Baghdad, which produces 140,000 barrels a day. Sabotage of pipelines carrying crude from Kirkuk oil fields shut down the refinery for the last four weeks before resuming operations earlier this week, he said.

Iraq's three main oil refineries — Dora, Beiji and Shuaiba — are working at half their capacity, processing only 350,000 barrels per day compared to 700,000 barrels a day before the war.

Alamri said the state oil agency would conclude new deals with Turkish companies to supply fuel.

This ladies and gents is what they call a Clusterfck.. the responsibility for which squarely rests at Preznit's desk.

Note To CNN.. While we are happy that there is progress in the Ramsey murder case, there is just no reason for you to have a simple murder case on your front page for 2 days. Morons!

Is That Really You?
Click on the picture to have a better look. :)

Enjoy your weekend people!


starry nights said...

And this is what they call freedom for the Iraqi people.

anand said...

Thats a nice snap...very deceptive!

Aditi said...

Didnt they expect it though? Does freedom mean living in fear, of american troops and insurgent terrorists and your own police?
I dont know is the idea to plunge all nations into chaos?
Good pic

Shitrint said...

nice pic!
do u click them urself?

Gangadhar said...

lolzz @ the last pic...clever...haha..

b v n said...

hi...great posts man !!...from what have they liberated iraqis..petroleum ?...bold posts...last one year CNN is running the natale hollaway case...doesnt make sense...but better bet than fox any given day

Ash said...

Nice photo ;-)
Have a great weekend!

karmic_jay said...

@Starry.. yep.

@Anand.. ye whoever took it did a good job.

@Aditi. Err yep. They completely miscaclulated. They dont live int he real world.

@Shitrint.. I did not take the pics myself. It's from a site I visit once in a while. There is no source for who took the originals.

@Ganga..yup. yup. CNN still sucks now it is the Ramsey case.


Manic Street Preacher said...

can i be forgiven if i be honest and say i didn read ur entire post? well not the last bit. cuz the last pic caught muh attention..

listen, they have a thing in bloggers for whichever blog u want hidden. i think.this is response to ur tag post where u kinda say u wish there ws a way there wud be a way some blogs wont link to u.

and schindler's list, awesome, i know.

karmic_jay said...

@MSP.. It's ok :)

SmartCookie said...


Keshi said...

ok now where is is hand going? lol!