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Oil Pipeline, Contractors Convoy Attacked In Iraq

June 15 (NCA) -- Two explosions on oil pipelines in southern Iraq have severely curtailed exports.

An official in the Iraqi South Oil Company said the blasts overnight near the southern oil terminal of Al-Basrah cut exports from the south by more than one half.

The southern pipeline has been Iraq's main export route ever since the U.S.-led invasion. Repeated sabotage attacks have forced Iraq to curtail exports from oil fields in the north of the country.

Also today, a three-car convoy of contractors came under attack near Baghdad airport. The U.S. military said a number of people were believed killed in the attack which came after a car bomb next to a contractors' convoy in Baghdad yesterday killed at least 12 people, including five foreigners.

(compiled from wire reports)

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