Beiji refinery security given to Army

After a crippling February attack on Iraq’s second-largest refinery, Maliki has ordered the Iraqi Army to take over Beiji security from the Oil Police.
Beiji refinery security given to Army
A soldier stands guard over the Beiji refinery. (AYMAN OGHANNA/Iraq Oil Report)

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered the Iraqi Army to replace the Iraqi Oil Police in protecting Beiji refinery, in the aftermath of a February attack that destroyed key units and crippled the facility.An official in the Oil Police media office said the 650-member battalion that had guarded Beiji will be assigned elsewhere.The official criticized the move, saying that the Oil Police are the best suited of Iraq’s security forces to protect oil infrastructure. Maliki’s decision...

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