Damaged Iraqi pipeline to be set right soon

The damage to the oil pipeline between Iraq and Turkey, the main export route from the northern fields, can be repaired in two days, a senior oil ministry official said on Saturday.

    Deliberate or accidental?: The  
    cause of the fire is still unknown 

     

    The official said it was not difficult to repair the pipeline. "We can do it in two days," he said. 

     

    If the explosions had occurred at the pumping stations it would have been more serious and  difficult, he added.

     

    Engineers from the Northern Oil Company have been sent to the spot for the repairs, the official said. He did not know whether the explosions that occurred on Friday were deliberate or accidental.

     

    The pipeline, according to Iraqi residents, was set ablaze by resistance fighters who planted explosives at two different points in the pipeline.

     

    Air force chief held

    Meanwhile, the former commander of the Iraqi air force, Hamid Raja Shalah, was taken into custody by the occupation forces, the US Central Command said on Saturday.

    It did not say when or where he was captured.

    Shalah was number 17 and the ten of spades on the coalition's "most wanted" deck of playing cards issued with the order to capture or kill on April 11.

    More than half the 55 Iraqis listed as most wanted have been captured or surrendered to coalition forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, but the whereabouts of Hussein and his two sons Uday and Qussay remain a mystery.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?