Iraq police struggle to protect oil pipelines

Photo: Iraq police struggle to protect oil pipelines / Iraq

Attacks on oil pipelines are expected to be an important issue in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary elections, Al Jazeera reported.

The country loses millions in lost revenue and damages due to frequent attempts by armed groups, including the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, to disrupt the country's oil industry.

Officers in a special police unit tasked with protecting the pipelines say they are not getting the equipment they need to deal with the problem.

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