For the second time in 10 days, an Iraqi oil pipeline has been bombed in an apparent attempt by Iraqis to prevent the U.S. from exporting oil.
The pipeline links Iraq’s southern oil fields to Baghdad’s main oil refinery.
Sunday’s bombing near the town of Hit took place on the same day that a ceremony was held to mark the one millionth barrel of Iraqi oil that was exported to Turkey.
Officials said this week looting and sabotage at Iraq’s oil facilities have delayed the resumption of exports until now. And Reuters reports that it will take 18 months to restore production to pre-war levels.