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Insurgents block repair of Iraq northern oil export pipeline

BAGHDAD: Insurgents are preventing repair work on Iraq's northern oil export pipeline, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani said on Saturday, extending what is already the longest outage since the 1990s.

The pipeline, which runs from Iraq's Kirkuk oilfields to Ceyhan port in Turkey, has been idled since early March, when militants blew it up.

 
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