IS insurgency targets energy sites, interrupting oil exports

Kirkuk pipeline exports were briefly offline after IS militants bombed high-voltage power lines – one of a dozen insurgent attacks to hit northern Iraq in the past week.
IS insurgency targets energy sites, interrupting oil exports
Kurdish Peshmerga Asayesh security forces search for suspected Islamic State militants in the village of Khudhaifa in the Qara Tapa sub-district of Diyala province, June 13, 2016. (STAFF/Iraq oil Report)

KALAR/KHANAQIN/BAQUBA - As militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) build a growing insurgency in northern Iraq, they are increasingly setting their sights on energy infrastructure.

In the past week, insurgents have launched four different attacks on energy sites, including a bombing that caused Kirkuk oil exports to stop for several hours on Sunday, and a deadly attack on Oil Police officers guarding a natural gas pipeline.

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