Oil companies forced to take taxis at Basra airport

In the latest red-tape rule that could stifle oil field development, foreign oil company officials have to ditch their security before entering airport grounds.
The Basra International Airport's main terminal. (UK Ministry of Defense)

BASRA - Foreign oil company officials are frustrated by a new rule, implemented earlier this week, that forces even the highest-level executives to abandon their customary armed and armored convoys when traveling to the Basra airport.

Instead, they must hail a taxi to get to the gate, raising concerns of traffic accidents, attacks and kidnappings, and potential oil field work delays.

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