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New Explosion Hits Key Iraqi Oil Pipeline

An Iraqi oil pipeline was on fire on Thursday following an explosion, the sixth in the country in two weeks, a senior Iraqi oil official said. “Early this morning another explosion damaged a pipeline near Al-Sitha near the River Tigris,” Adal Al-Kazaz, director general of Iraq’s Northern Oil Company, told Reuters. “I expect the incident to be another act of sabotage,” Kazaz added. He said the pipeline was carrying crude oil to Baiji refinery, 260 kilometers north of Baghdad and that the fire was still burning in the damaged pipeline. It is the latest in a string of similar incidents hampering efforts to revive Iraq’s battered oil sector. Thursday’s damage followed a blast on a crude pipeline on Tuesday near Barwanah. That pipeline carries crude to al-Daura refinery in Baghdad. Full Story

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