Iraqi oil exports hampered by pipeline saboteurs

US efforts to restore Iraq's oil exports suffered a serious setback Aug. 17 when saboteurs blew up a section of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline for the second time in as many days.The pipeline was first put out of action Aug. 15 when saboteurs destroyed a section at Shirqaat, just 2 days after oil exports to Turkey resumed for the first time since the US-led war on Iraq began on Mar. 21.Prior to the war's outbreak, the pipeline transported 700,000 b/d of oil from Iraq's northern oil fields at Kirkuk to the export terminal at the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.Officials said Aug. 16 the blaze had been extinguished but later said it had only had been "contained." Fire continued...

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