Attack threatens Iraq oil supply

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Firefighters in southeast Turkey have put out a fire on a pipeline carrying about a quarter of Iraq’s oil exports, but it is unclear when oil will resume flowing, security sources say.

They blamed sabotage by Kurdish separatists for the explosion on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

The fire broke out at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Friday near the town of Midyat in Mardin province, near the Syrian border.

Officials blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish separatist group that has claimed responsibility for past attacks on the 960-km (600-mile) pipeline.

Firat News, a website with ties to the PKK, also said the outlawed group was behind the attack.

Insurgents in Iraq have in the past disrupted the transport of oil on the pipeline, the country’s largest, and technical faults on the 35-year-old link, which consists of two pipes, have also cut flows.

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