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Iraq: Pipeline Fire Costing $7 Million A Day

Baghdad, 18 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A key Iraqi oil-export pipeline to Turkey remains on fire today, two days after an apparent act of sabotage. L. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, said Iraq is losing $7 million a day due to the attack. The blaze is near the site of a pipeline fire on 15 August that officials blame on a bomb.

Iraq's top oil official, Thamir Ghadban, says it will take several days before the pipeline is operational.

Sabotage is also being blamed for an explosion at a water pipeline serving northern Baghdad. The International Committee of the Red Cross says the blast yesterday is depriving 300,000 people of running water.

Early today, the U.S. military said a U.S. tank crew shot dead a Reuters cameraman, Mazen Dana, yesterday. A spokesman said soldiers mistakenly thought the cameraman was aiming a rocket-propelled grenade at them and fired in defense.