File - In Dec. 13, 2009, an Iraqi worker operates valves at the Rumaila oil refinery near the city of Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
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Iraq expects oil exports to reach 2.6 million barrels per day this month and is taking special security precautions in its oil-rich south, Oil Minister Abdel-Karim Luaibi said Wednesday.Speaking on a tour of the giant Rumaila oil field that pumps more than a third of Iraq's daily output, Luaibi said drones were ready to start flying over the Basra region in what he said was a sign of the priority assigned to protecting oil facilities and operators.Iraq said two years ago that it was buying unmanned drones from the U.S. to help protect its southern oil platforms, and that it expected the drones to be operating by the end of 2012 .
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