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23 June 2014

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One shoe dropping.

Here is piece written by one of the engineers who helped build this refinery. He gives a break down on the types of POL produced along with an overall view of how the loss of the refinery affects Iraq as a whole. He goes into the history of it as well.

http://gulfnews.com/business/opinion/tale-of-an-iraqi-refinery-caught-in-crossfire-1.1350334

The Iranians probably can help make up with some of the short fall.

The other shoe yet to drop is the loss of the hydroelectric dam at Haditha. The Ba'ath/ISIS are quite close to it. The loss would have a major impact of electricity production and give them a means to threaten Baghdad by opening up the penstocks and letting a mass of water flow downstream.

From what I've read I wouldn't put it pass the ISIS to sell Maliki all the electricity he wants prior to taking such a drastic measure.

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