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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-03 06:05 AM
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Major Pipeline in Iraq Ablaze
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)--A major pipeline linking oilfields in northern Iraq to the country's biggest refinery was ablaze Wednesday, witnesses said.

Sheets of flame and thick black smoke were shooting from the damaged line next to the desert highway near the village of Sharqat, about 30 miles north of Beiji, the site of Iraq's largest oil refinery, witnesses said.

There was no immediate explanation about what had caused the fire. Its location was about 135 miles north of the capital, in the so-called Sunni Triangle where guerrillas have repeatedly attacked pipelines linking Iraq's oil fields with Turkey.

Sabotage of pipelines and other infrastructure has become a major problem for the U.S.-run coalition and its Iraqi partners as they try to revive the country's giant petroleum industry--the key to economic recovery.

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