Shootout at West Qurna 2BASRA — Local tribesmen exchanged gunfire with Iraqi Oil Police protecting the super-giant West Qurna 2 oil field, a conflict apparently stoked by high unemployment.The field is being developed by Russia’s Lukoil under a service contract signed in 2010. According to Lt. Col Emad Jabbar, an Oil Police spokesman, the attackers were attempting to pressure Lukoil into hiring more locals.“It was just a show to get jobs quickly,” said Jabbar. “Such inciden...
Beyond the Headlines: Aug. 15-21
- Shootout at West Qurna 2
- Missan police leadership vacuum
- Dhi Qar leader under investigation
- Kirkuk smugglers thwarted