Smugglers target Basra’s floating power stations

Investigators have uncovered a $5 million-per-month smuggling operation that has trafficked Oil Ministry fuel into the Kurdistan region.
An Iraqi worker fixes wiring linked to a generator which provides electricity to a residential neighborhood in Baghdad during power cuts on April 10, 2012. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

BAGHDAD - Smugglers at a floating power station in Basra have been stealing $5 million worth of fuel each month and trucking it into the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, according to the inspector general of the Electricity Ministry.

Investigators have not determined where it has gone after that, and have not accused any government officials of involvement.

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