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Oil pipeline attacked in southern Iraq, UN's Annan set to release report

An oil pipeline was sabotaged in southern Iraq while deadly violence flared in the north, as the war-torn country awaited the release Monday of the UN’s findings on the best way forward. A series of explosions were heard in the vicinity of Baghdad airport late Sunday but the cause was not immediately known, said a US airforce spokeswoman at the facility used as a military base. As the debate over Iraq’s future rages amid fears of a civil war, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on his way to the Gulf that Al-Qaeda was sowing seeds of destruction in Iraq. In the first attack of its kind in the south since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime last spring, an oil pipeline was targeted near Karbala, 110 kilometres (70 miles) from Baghdad, an official Iraqi source said. “An explosion damaged the pipeline and we don’t know who the saboteurs are,” said local Karbala official Hamid Salah al-Shebib. Full Story

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