Iraqi oil exports face delays after pipeline sabotage

Even as Iraq announced the signing of a contract with a South African security firm for the protection of its oil infrastructure, petroleum officials reported a further delay in exports from the Turkish port of Ceyhan due to sabotage along the northern pipeline system.For the second time in less than a month, saboteurs Nov. 2 hit and destroyed a section of a pipeline that carries crude oil from the northern fields at Kirkuk to the Doura refinery near Baghdad. The blast ripped through a section of the pipeline south of Baiji near Mashruh al-Therthar, southwest of the city of Samarra.The attack was the second in that area in as many days. Another explosion ripped through a natural gas pipel...

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