- Title: IRAQ: IRAQ'S MAIN OIL PIPELINE BURNS AFTER SABOTAGE ATTACK
- Date: 23rd February 2004
- Summary: (W5) NEAR KERBALA, IRAQ (FEBRUARY 23, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF FLAMES AND SMOKE RISING FROM BURNING PIPELINES (3 SHOTS) 0.24 2. CLOSE OF BURNING OIL AND SMOKE 0.27 3. WIDE OF SMOKE CLOUD 0.34 4. WIDE OF POOL OF BURNING OIL 0.38 5. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADNAN SALMAN, OIL PIPELINE SECURITY WORKER, SAYING "Again it's another way of destroying security and stability in Iraq. They don't want security and stability in Iraq" 0.48 6. VARIOUS OF FLAMES AND SMOKE RISING FROM BURNING PIPELINES (2 shots) 0.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th March 2004 12:00
- Location: NEAR KERBALA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA1RCJ2LRHW9AN7155MGAM5L8MP
- Story Text: Iraq's main internal pipeline continues to burn
after it was sabotaged.
Flames rages and smoke billowed across the area,
west of the city of Kerbala, on Monday (February 23, 2004) after
an explosive device ripped through a section of the line,
known as the strategic pipeline, on Sunday (February 22).
It was the first time such an important line had been
Oil infrastructure sabotage has been rare in Iraq's
mostly Muslim Shi'ite south. Attacks have mainly targeted
the export pipeline from Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish
port of Ceyhan which runs through Muslim Sunni strongholds,
co-religionists of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
"Again it's another way of destroying security and
stability in Iraq. They don't want security and stability
in Iraq", said Adnan Salman, one of the pipeline security
Though the strategic pipeline is currently out of
commission, it remains an option to raise Iraqi oil exports
by allowing northern Kirkuk crude to be pumped south for
export from the Gulf.
Kirkuk exports have remained closed since the war
because of sabotage attacks.
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