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Daesh accused of setting fire to major oil pipeline in Iraq

Peshmerga forces in Iraq [File photo]
Peshmerga forces in Iraq [File photo]

An Iraqi security source yesterday accused Daesh of setting a major oil pipeline on fire.

Commander of the Peshmerga forces, Kamran Mahmoud, said “the pipeline carrying oil from the Jampour fields in the province of Daquq south of Kirkuk, to the production refineries was set on fire.”

He added that the civil defence teams extinguished the fire “hours after the terrorist act”.

Teams from the North Oil Company are conducting maintenance for the damaged part of the pipeline, he explained.

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The North Oil Company runs oil fields in Kirkuk, but the Peshmerga forces have taken control of much of the province’s territory since Iraqi forces fled during confrontations with Daesh in 2014.

Oil produced from the Kirkuk fields is transferred to the Turkish port of Ceyhan for international export.

Exports are currently estimated at 200,000 barrels per day.

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