Q&A: Brig. Gen. Ali Hussein Hilal al-Mayahi, director of South Oil Police

As protests re-gain momentum at key oil sites in Basra, Mayahi details the network of government forces providing security and the challenges they face.
Q&A: Brig. Gen. Ali Hussein Hilal al-Mayahi, director of South Oil Police
Brig. Gen. Ali Hussein Hilal al-Mayahi, director of South Oil Police, in his Basra office on July 29, 2018. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq's oil sector is on edge as protesters continue to threaten to disrupt operations at major fields in Basra.

Demonstrations have re-gained momentum this week, especially at the West Qurna 1 and West Qurna 2 fields. On Wednesday at those sites - which account for about one-fifth of Iraq's production - protesters temporarily shut down access roads, according to both protesters and security forces.

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