Iraq: saboteurs attacked two oil pipelines on Thursday
Iraq: saboteurs attacked two oil pipelines on Thursday. The most damaging attack hit a line that feeds into the main export line to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, halting the exports.
The sabotage has cost the government $1 billion in oil sales over the past 10 days, according to Iraq?s Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
"Exports to Ceyhan have been halted for two days," said Mustafa Mohammed, North Oil Company engineer.
The Kirkuk-to-Ceyhan pipeline is a favorite target of insurgents, whom Iraqi officials say are intent on disrupting the country's access to its main source of revenue. Partial exports through the line resumed June 23 after a series of attacks weeks earlier.
Insurgents also set their sights further south, toward the pipelines that carry 90 percent of Iraq's export oil.