Thursday, March 5, 2015

Islamic State Fighters Have Taken Over Major Libyan Oilfields

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Time: ISIS Fighters Take Over Major Libyan Oilfields

Oilfield guards retreated after running out of ammunition

Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took over at least two oilfields in Libya and attacked another on Tuesday, according to oil and government sources.

Mashallah al-Zewi, the oil minister in the Tripoli-based government said ISIS attacked the Dhahra oilfield, before retreating. He told AP on Wednesday that the militants swept down from the central city of Sirte and attacked Dhahra oil field to the south, trading fire with guards and blowing up residential and administrative buildings before eventually retreating.

WNU Editor: The Libyan military is now saying that it has recaptured some of these oilfields, but it is an ominous development that illustrates the growing effectiveness of the Islamic State in Libya. On a side note, the following is a commentary on the U.S./NATO debacle in Libya .... The Forgotten War – Understanding The Incredible Debacle Left Behind By NATO In Libya (Zero Hedge).

More News On The Islamic State Targeting Libya's Oilfields

Libya Declares Force Majeure Over Oil Fields in Central Region -- WSJ
Libya oil fields of Bahi and Mabruk 'seized by militants' -- BBC
Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields after attacks -- AFP
Libya says 11 oil fields non-operational after IS attacks -- Washington Times
Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields -- Al Arabiya
Rival Libyan forces carry out air strikes, militants storm oilfield -- Reuters
Purported Islamic State Militants Attack Libyan Oil Field -- AP
Libyan oil fields seized by militants -- UPI
Libya declares force majeure at 11 oil fields in midst of ISIS crisis -- RT
Libyan Oil Production Jumps Despite New Attacks on Fields -- WSJ

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