Insurgent attacks stop flow of Iraqi oil to Gulf

Thursday, June 17, 2004

BAGHDAD Sunni insurgents have halted Iraq's oil exports.

Insurgents struck two pipelines in southern Iraq on Wednesday in the second such attack in as many days. The attacks, attributed to Sunni insurgents, led to a halt in Iraqi oil exports through the Persian Gulf.

Officials said the attack on the pipeline in Basra could take at least a week to repair. Earlier, insurgents bombed pipelines in the Faw peninsula, near Basra, Middle East Newsline reported.

Insurgents also bombed a pipeline to the oil fields near the northern town of Dibis, about 35 kilometers west of Kirkuk and killed the security chief of Iraq's northern oil company. The strike did not affect exports.

Copyright 2004 East West Services, Inc.

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