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Foreign Fighters Target Iraq Oil Industry

Iraq’s new interim prime minister charged Thursday that foreign fighters had targeted the country’s infrastructure, attacking oil pipelines and electrical grids in an attempt to undercut authorities preparing for sovereignty. Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said saboteurs had set off 130 attacks on Iraqi oil pipelines in the last seven months and that more than $200 million had been “stolen out of the pockets,” of Iraqis. “These saboteurs are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists and foreign fighters opposed to our very survival as a free state,” he said. “Anyone involved in these attacks is nothing more than a traitor to the cause of Iraq’s freedom and the freedom of its people.” Allawi’s comments follow a series of attacks against infrastructure targets — attempting to shake public confidence as a new Iraqi government prepares to take power June 30. Full Story

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