Iraq oil output drops, bombs and storms blamed

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A bomb blast on an oil pipeline last Wednesday was the cause of a halt in Iraq's northern oil exports since then, but flows should resume in the next 24 hours, the North Oil Company said, Ahmed Rasheed reports for Reuters.

Oil exports have dropped dramatically in recent days, to about 900,000 barrels per day, which means exports from the south have been hampered as well, though the cause is not known.

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