The United States has resumed operations at the
northern Iraqi oil field at Kirkuk.
The operations were halted by U.S. forces on April 13 when the
Iraqi-Syrian oil pipeline was shut down. U.S. officials said oil production
was resumed at the Kirkuk field on Sunday.
Officials said oil output began at 25,000 barrels per day. They said
production is expected to rise to 50,000 barrels per day as soon as
The Kirkuk oil fields are being operated by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and its contractor, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root.
Officials said the Bayji refinery near Kirkuk remains out of commission
because of a shortage of power.