Oil evictions in Kirkuk fan flames of ethnic hostility

As the North Oil Company orders 5,000 villagers to relocate, local leaders make accusations of ethnic bias.
Oil evictions in Kirkuk fan flames of ethnic hostility
An engineer in the mayor's office of the Kirkuk province's Dibis district points to villages on a map accused of encroaching on oil infrastructure. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

In a hot office in Kirkuk's Dibis district, the mayor, Hadi Hama Mustafa Ghazai, angrily rips a letter from a two-ring binder and sends a lackey to make a photocopy."These are immoral things they are doing," Ghazai says.The offending letter is from the North Oil Company (NOC). It lists more than two dozen alleged infractions of an Oil Ministry regulation against building too close to oil and gas pipelines. Residential units – including those belonging to prominent politicians – gove...

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