Iraqi forces are preparing an operation to consolidate control of an area near the Iran border to be used for the transit of Iraqi oil, two officials said on 5 February, highlighting concern about mountainous terrain where two armed groups are active.
The operation to secure the Hamrin mountain range could start this week, they told Reuters. The area lies between the Kirkuk oil fields and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border.
Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery.
The trucking was to start last week, and oil officials declined to give reasons for the delay other than it was technical in nature.
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