Rocket Attacks at Oil Facilities Near Basra in Iraq

By Faye Higbee

Rocket Attacks on oil facilities near Basra in Iraq left three Iraqi workers wounded, and according to AP, one of them seriously. The first incident occurred at Exxon Mobil just after the workers that were previously ordered to leave were returning. The second incident occurred a few hours later at the Burjesia compound, which houses Exxon Mobil, Italy’s ENI, and a Turkish oil facility affiliated with British Petroleum.

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The Iraqi military has ordered an investigation into the recent spate of rocket attacks, and are tasked with finding out where the rockets were launched.

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First one struck at dawn on Wednesday

AP reported,

An Iraqi intelligence officer says 40 workers for the energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp. have been evacuated from an oil-drilling site in southern Iraq after they came under rocket fire.

The officer tells The Associated Press that security reinforcements have been deployed to the site after a rocket hit before dawn Wednesday near the location of the Iraqi workers, wounding three. Iraqi officials said a Katyusha rocket hit the site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing workers for Exxon Mobil and other foreign companies.

Second and third attacks several hours later

The second rocket attack came at around 6:45 p.m. local time. Two rockets landed at the Turkish oil facility in the Burjesia Compound. There were no immediate reports of damage.

ABC reported that a third rocket later hit a military installation where US advisers are located: “Later Wednesday Iraq’s military said another Katyusha rocket struck a military headquarters in the northern city of Mosul, causing no casualties. The headquarters also has U.S. military advisers.”

It would appear that Iran or its proxies are attempting to goad the United States into a fight. And they don’t seem to care that Iraq is in the middle of it. Iraq cares- they want no part of being the battleground between the US and Iran. There are about 5,000 US troops in Iraq, and it is unclear whether the newest contingent of 1,000 troops will join them.

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