A member from the Oil Police Force is seen at Nahran Umran field norh of Basra, Iraq September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani
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Worsening clashes among tribes and a political void is threatening security at oil installations in Iraq's main southern oil-producing region, officials and security sources said. Iraq has concentrated security forces in the north and west of the OPEC oil producer in the biggest campaign since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to retake territory lost to Daesh (ISIS) in 2014 .That has created a void in the south, home to Iraq's biggest oil fields, where fighting between rival Shiite tribes over farmland, state construction contracts and land ownership has worsened in the past few weeks.Officials said tribal clashes had not affected oil output yet. But this could change as recent fighting with mortar bombs and machine guns had come close to the key West Qurna Phase 1, West Qurna Phase 2 and Majnoon oil fields north of Basra city.Security officials said forces were stretched as troops were preparing another offensive against Daesh, in the north to retake Hawijah town.
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