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.
A soldier stands guard over the Beiji refinery. (AYMAN OGHANNA/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - 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.

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