Military to guard oil pipelines

Posted: August 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The energy police directorate is attempting to form a particular military force to protect the Iraq-Turkey oil pipelines which have repetitively been targeted by insurgent groups.

Kirkuk-Turkey pipelines being destroyed following attacks on the pipelines, credits; AFP

Kirkuk-Turkey pipelines being destroyed following attacks on the pipelines, credits; AFP

Major General Hamid Abdullah Ibrahim, chief of energy police directorate stated that they have plans to follow and investigate the smuggling with Iraqi oil by the formation of oil patrol teams in Kirkuk, Basra, Anbar and Baghdad.

“The insurgent and terrorist groups attack the pipelines to the Turkish Cihan port, and the solution of such issues needs the complete cooperation of all involved parties including the Ministry of Defense as previously the Ministry of Interior had failed to protect the pipelines against the attacks of the insurgent groups who have attacked the pipelines with light missiles and portable rocket launchers,” Ibrahim added.

Ibrahim stated that they are waiting for the confirmation of their demands for the formation of units to protect the pipelines so there will be no further interruption of the oil export which has turned into a lethal routine recently.

Kirkuk Now

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