Iraqi interim government unveils plans to halt oil smuggling

The interim Iraqi government, backed up by US and UK military forces, has announced plans to curb the smuggling of oil, including increased interdiction efforts along with public trials and heavy sentences for smugglers who are caught.Coalition maritime forces are currently boarding an average of 90 ships/week, of which as many as 5 ships/week have been detained for transporting illegally obtained Iraqi oil.Under United Nations sanctions, ships carrying illegal cargo were diverted to regional states for disposition, but coalition forces now are detaining ships and referring cases to the Iraqi justice system.Iraqi law and recent executive orders by the Coalition Provisional Authority allow...

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