Iraq Tightens Oil Security After Al Qaeda Threat

08.23.10 | FL News Team

(Baghdad)  --  Iraq has tightened security around oil installations after learning that al Qaeda plans an attack after the U.S. ends combat operations.  The head of Iraq's oil police said their intelligence indicated al Qaeda would target oil pipelines.  General Hamid Ibrahim said oil police and security forces are "completely ready" to protect the country's petroleum infrastructure.

Iraq boasts the world's third-largest crude reserves and recently signed multi-billion dollar deals to more than quadruple production.  Insurgents have repeatedly tried to attack a major pipeline from Iraq's northern oilfields to a Turkish port.  Ibrahim said insurgents are looking to take exploit a power vacuum as Americans leave and Iraqi factions have failed to form a coalition government.