Engineers Battle Iraqi Insurgents in Oil Blasts

(AP/Washington Post) Saboteurs wrecked a recently repaired pipeline junction Tuesday near the Tigris River at the northern Iraqi city of Beiji, shutting down the pipeline ferrying crude oil from Kirkuk to Ceyhan, Turkey. Oil burned on the desert and poured, still aflame, into the Tigris. The frequent sabotage has cost Iraq more than $2 billion, interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has said. The sabotage came just two days after engineers completed a two-month replacement of critical valves destroyed by a previous bombing.

2004-09-15 00:00:00

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