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Fire Still Raging On Iraq's Northern Pipeline


3 September 2004 -- A fire is still raging on Iraq's northern oil pipeline after it was attacked by saboteurs overnight yesterday.

Local police and officials at the Northern Oil Company today said it could take another two days to extinguish the blaze.

The pipeline runs from the Kirkuk oil fields to the Baiji refinery and then northwest to the Turkish Mediterranean coast.

Officials said some 30 local families had been forced to flee the area. The road between Kirkuk and the Baiji refinery remained cut today.

Iraq only last week restored exports along the pipeline, the first deliveries from its northern oil fields since May. Repeated sabotage of Iraq's oil industry has cost the country more than $1 billion in revenue.

(Reuters/AFP)

For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".
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