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Iraq pipeline guards doubled

The US-led administration in Iraq is to more than double the number of guards protecting oil installations, as fears rise of a concerted campaign by saboteurs to disrupt Iraq’s infrastructure. The contract to provide a further 6,500 guards along Iraq’s main oil pipeline to Turkey has been awarded to an international security company already working in Iraq; most of the new guards are expected to be Iraqis. They will be joining the more than 5,000 Iraqis already watching the 1,000-kilometre-long (600 miles) structure. The announcement follows a spate of attacks at the weekend on Iraq’s dilapidated infrastructure, including two fires on a northern section of the oil pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan and the blowing up of a water main in Baghdad. The repairs of the pipeline which reopened only a few days ago may take weeks, officials say. Full Story

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