B-26's, phones, both can stop oil just fine
Oil refinery, Baiji, Iraq
Death threats cut Iraq oil flow
Iraq's largest oil refinery has been shut down following death threats to tanker drivers, jeopardising supplies of electricity across northern Iraq.
The threats followed a steep rise in the price of petrol earlier this month, ordered by the government.
The oil ministry said the shutdown at Baiji was costing $20m (£12m) a day.
The ministry said it hoped the refinery, which has been out of action since the weekend, would be back up and running within days.
"Efforts are being made to convince the drivers to return to work," a spokesman said.
The Baiji refinery normally produces 8.5m litres (2.2m gallons) of petrol per day, along with 7.5m litres of diesel.
Oil distribution has been further disrupted by storms that have prevented exports being shipped from the Basra terminal in the south, Reuters said.
Although billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure since Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled, fuel and electricity production have not reached the levels maintained before the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Gee, how'd they get the phone numbers?
A few phone calls between cousins, a few late night visits and you can stop $20m of production a day. This is both brilliant and scary, brilliant because it hits a weakpoint the Americans didn't see and scary because of the same reason.
And neither the Americans or the Iraqi Army can protect them.
posted by Steve @ 2:03:00 AM