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On 7/29/2019 at 7:16 PM, LoooSeR said:

   Haftar's troops controlled airport got bombed, 2 Ukrainian IL-76s destroyed.

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   Now sat. image. Turkish MRAPs and UAVs, Israeli recon UAVs, Soviet planes from Ukraine loaded with military cargo... Libya is about as messy as Syria. When Iran is going to start to smuggle ballistic missiles to that region, lol?

 

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The event with two Ukrainean cargo planes clearly made UAE very angry. There are reports that Wing Loong II strikes destroyed an Il-76TD (UR-COZ), this time loaded with Turkish arms, and two L-39ZO light attack planes during past few days on Misrata airport. Also hits in the hangar (Bayraktar UAV shelter?) of the Misrata airport are clearly visible on sat image. 

 

Possible Il-76 wreck

 

Possible UAV hangar

https://twitter.com/Obs_IL/status/1159114971491569664

 

One of reports about the twin L-39ZO destruction

https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1159089452469432321

 

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In Kyrgyzstan current political powers decided to arrest ex-president, but operation went in unexpected way. 1 Spec ops reported killed.

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"in the end, the special forces failed the first attempt, having encountered strong resistance from the supporters of the ex-president. Some commandos surrendered, others were injured, others were beaten .. Now the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan is pulling new forces."

 

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On 8/2/2019 at 10:12 AM, LoooSeR said:

 

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   Now sat. image. Turkish MRAPs and UAVs, Israeli recon UAVs, Soviet planes from Ukraine loaded with military cargo... Libya is about as messy as Syria. When Iran is going to start to smuggle ballistic missiles to that region, lol?

 

Something about burned up cargo planes that just makes me cringe a bit.

 

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   Reverse effect: Russia earned an additional billion dollars on US sanctions


   MOSCOW, Aug 19 - RIA Novosti, Natalya Dembinskaya. The White House sanctions against Iran and Venezuela led to an acute shortage of heavy grades of oil. Russia readily makes up for it, but amid a sharply increased demand for raw materials, there is not enough for everyone. Both American and European refineries are "standing in line".
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   Last May, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement and reintroduced sanctions against Iran, including secondary ones (in relation to countries doing business with Tehran). They were banned from buying Iranian oil. An exception was made for China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. But only until May 2019, after which the White House refused to extend these exemptions.

   Sanctions against Venezuela have been in force since January 2019. The accounts of the country's largest oil corporation PDVSA are blocked. In addition, the export and re-export of oil diluents is prohibited.

   As a result, the market faced an acute shortage of heavy crude oil. The situation was complicated by the fact that, fulfilling the conditions of the Vienna agreements to reduce production volumes, OPEC countries reduced the supply of primarily heavy grades - as cheaper ones.

 

   And Russia has become the main exporter of heavy oil raw materials. An alternative to Venezuelan supplies could be oil from Saudi Arabia, similar in chemical composition. But the Saudis in January announced that they were not going to increase production due to sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic.

   The first to line up for Russian oil were American refineries. As imports from Venezuela collapsed from 550 thousand barrels per day to 80 thousand, in front of refineries in the Gulf of Mexico and the US East Coast, designed for the processing of heavy sulphurous oil, the prospect of stopping loomed. All key players were hit - Citgo Petroleum, Valero Energy, Chevron.

   By April, purchases by the Americans of Russian raw materials reached record volumes. According to Russ Dalllen's Caracas Capital Markets, in the first half of May 13 vessels from Russia delivered nearly five million barrels of raw oil and oil products to the United States.

   The plans of the American refineries are to triple the monthly consumption of Russian oil. “Recently, deliveries from Russia have been growing like on steroids,” analysts say.

   An urgent search for a replacement for the sulphurous oil that was missing from the market was also necessary for European refineries oriented to the processing of heavy grades. Due to US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, the market lost almost 800 thousand barrels per day.

   According to Refinitiv Eikon, from October to March, Saudi Arabia reduced its exports of sulfur species to Europe by almost half, Iraq - by more than 40 percent.

   The inaccessibility of Iranian and Venezuelan oil has led European buyers to literally fight for the Russian Urals, Reuters notes.

   “All refineries are looking for Urals or its analogues,” a representative of a European oil trader admitted in an interview with Reuters. “And it’s obvious that this oil is not enough for everyone.” In addition to this, alternative Russian deliveries are much more expensive.

 

   The rush demand and the intensified competition for Russian raw materials resulted in the fact that by March the difference between Urals and Brent had decreased by 30 percent - to a minimum since 2013. In the first spring month alone, Russian oil industry earned $ 140 million more than in October, before Trump imposed sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.

   And by August, Urals for the first time became more expensive than Brent and is trading at a premium to the North Sea standard.

   As Bloomberg emphasizes, from November 2018 to July 2019, Russian oil companies received an additional income of at least $905 million.

 

   

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