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Chicken farm explosion reveals oil smuggling racket

Investigators suspect members of the Badr Organization paramilitary group conducted a small but steady smuggling operation at a makeshift military base south of Kirkuk.
The Jabal Bor production and gas oil separation stations of Kirkuk's Baba Dome on March 10, 2016. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Kirkuk judge is investigating
  • Badr officer implicated
  • Badr Organization denies directing the operation, vows internal investigation

SULAIMANIYA - Iraqi authorities are seeking the arrest of a Badr Organization paramilitary commander for allegedly overseeing a prolonged oil smuggling operation south of Kirkuk.

"The investigative judge of Kirkuk has issued a warrant for the person in charge of the Badr Organization in Taza sub-district, for his involvement in oil smuggling and the damage he has caused to the national economy," a security official in Kirkuk said.

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