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WAR: Iraqi Insurgents Target Oil Infrastructure

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posted on Jan, 15 2005 @ 04:10 AM
Members of Iraq's insurgency destroyed a oil pipeline near the city of Baiji. Baiji, is the site of the largest refinery in Iraq, and has been the focus of increased security ahead of the elections. The head of Iraq's Oil Ministry said that at least one attack a day has been aimed at the oil infrastructure.
Saboteurs have fired a Katuysha rocket on an oil pipeline complex in northern Iraq, setting off a fire that will take days to control, witnesses and oil officials said.

It was not immediately known whether the attack on Thursday night in the Fatha area near the refining centre of Baiji had damaged the Iraq-Turkey export pipeline, which passes through the area, as do 24 crude oil and product pipelines feeding refineries and power stations.

Northern oil exports have been idle since 18 December when saboteurs hit the Iraq-Turkey pipeline. It has been sabotaged several times since.

Another pipeline running from the Kirkuk oilfields to the 350,000 barrel per day (bpd) Baiji refinery was also hit on Friday in the Safra area, officials said.

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The insurgents are not only targeting the security forces, they are also going after key internal targets. I would fully expect that the next wave before the elections would to be the targeting of communication nodes. Radio and television stations may need to be extra vigilant.

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