Pipeline bombed as protests escalate

A pipeline that feeds Baghdad’s Daura refinery was attacked, on the second day of violent demonstrations.
Hundreds of protesters in Fallujah's city center marched to demand an improvement in basic services from the government on Feb. 15, 2011.

BAGHDAD - Saboteurs bombed a key pipeline just before dawn on Thursday, spilling thousands of barrels of crude oil into a village in still-deadly Diyala province - the latest in a series of challenges to Iraqi authorities also struggling to contain a growing protest movement.

Citizens are continuing to voice wide dissatisfaction with their government in demonstrations around the country. Some protests have sparked into violence, and security forces have responded with lethal force.

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