U.S. pays tribes to protect oil pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2003

The United States has paid Iraqi tribes to guard a 950-kilometer oil pipeline to Turkey.

U.S. officials said tribes in northern Iraq have been contracted to protect parts of the pipeline from Kirkuk to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. The officials said the tribes are meant to patrol areas of the pipeline to guard against looting and sabotage.

It was not known how much money was being paid to the tribal leaders. The pipeline transverses areas controlled by Sunni tribes.

Earlier this month, the pipeline was shut down when an explosion took place at the pipeline outside the northern town of Baiji, Middle East Newsline reported. The pipeline had served to transport 350,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Officials said the Iraqi tribesmen joined U.S. forces and security personnel of the state-owned Iraqi oil company in protecting the pipeline. A U.S. contractor, Kellogg Brown & Root, has been providing expertise to repair and rehabilitate the pipeline.

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