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Iraq aims to rebuild northern pipeline

Massive political challenges and financial constraints cast uncertainty on the Oil Ministry's announcement that it will rehabilitate its decimated pipeline to Turkey.
Iraq’s Oil Police secure the site of a burning oil pipeline near the northern city of Kirkuk on July 3, 2006, after it was bombed by insurgents. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq's Oil Ministry says it is considering a major project to rebuild its northern export pipeline to Turkey, despite a daunting array of political, financial and security challenges.

Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luiebi "instructed the North Oil Company [NOC], the State Company for Oil Projects [SCOP], and the Oil Pipelines Company to prepare an urgent plan to implement an urgent rehabilitation operation," according to an Oil Ministry statement Tuesday.

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