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Latest energy sector attacks underscore need to fast-track security coordination

Gaps remain between Iraqi and Kurdistan region security forces in northern Iraq, and insurgents are still able to carry out attacks against energy infrastructure, kidnap and kill civilians, and ambush security forces.
Iraqi security forces inspecting the Bai Hassan oil field on Oct. 19, 2017. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - Suspected insurgents detonated explosives at the North Oil Company (NOC)-operated Bai Hassan oil field and on a key electricity transmission line from Erbil to Kirkuk on Sunday, the latest in a string of escalating acts of violence across northern Iraq.

The attacks on energy infrastructure and security force checkpoints are a near-daily occurrence in areas that were once the frontlines of the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group, which security officials say is still exploited in part due to gaps in coordination between federal Iraqi or Kurdish security forces.

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