Oil sector weathers storm of protests

Widespread civil unrest has begun to subside, at least temporarily - leaving key oil sites disrupted but intact.
Protesters mingle with security forces outside of the West Qurna 1 oil field on July 13, 2018. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Widespread civil unrest has begun to diminish in southern Iraq, leaving the country's oil sector shaken but secure - though protesters have vowed to return.

Operations at several oil fields have been affected by security concerns, as international oil companies (IOCs) and service companies have temporarily withdrawn staff from some areas that saw protests.

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