Analysis: Iraq energy security turns more on politics than al-Qaida

A strong rebound from a spate of successful and attempted attacks on the oil sector shows Iraqi security forces may be more capable than elected leaders.
Analysis: Iraq energy security turns more on politics than al-Qaida
An Iraqi uses his mobile phone to take pictures of a burning oil pipeline, after a bomb attack in Beiji in September 2007. Attacks on oil infrastructure have subsided since the peak of the insurgency, though a spate of recent attacks has shaken the oil sector. (SABAH AL-BAZEE/Reuters)

In the past three weeks, two successful bombings have disabled the country’s largest refinery and temporarily shut in a quarter of Iraq’s oil exports. The question on the minds of investors and Iraqis alike: do these security failures represent the beginning of a downward trend, or are they merely growing pains of a country emerging from a time of conflict?Although security gaps allowed the bombings of Beiji and the northern pipeline, authorities have responded by making arrests, working...

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