Better ‘intel’ leads police to smuggling source

No arrests have been made but police say increased intelligence and technical monitoring helped plug a smuggling hole in a vital pipeline.
Better ‘intel’ leads police to smuggling source
A stretch of the oil pipeline in Dhi Qar province, near where a smuggling link was found. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Following a tip and noticeable decrease in pressure in an oil pipeline, Oil Police in Dhi Qar province found an illegally placed valve of semi-professional quality, and are convinced they are hot on the trail of the perpetrator.Smuggling of oil and fuel has been an epidemic in Iraq, though security and other measures have helped stem the problem.In Dhi Qar, an up-and-coming oil province in the south, smuggling efforts have been discovered that show a growing sophistication."The oper...

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