Q&A: The new head of Iraq’s energy security

The head of the Energy Police, a new directorate in charge of all energy infrastructure protection, describes his organization and its challenges on the eve of the U.S. withdrawal.
Maj. Gen. Hamid Abdullah Ibrahim, then the director general of the Interior Ministry's Oil Police, in a 2010 smuggler's bust in Baghdad. Ibrahim will now head up a new Energy Police directorate that will include oil, electricity and transportation infrastructure security. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq is ending an era of patchwork protection for its most important infrastructure, handing responsibility for all energy sector security to a single, new organization: the Energy Police.

Maj. Gen. Hamid Abdullah Ibrahim is leading the effort. The new organization is both an expansion and a reorganization of the Oil Police, which Ibrahim has led since its inception in 2007.

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