Marine dies as oil pipeline north of Baghdad attacked
A U.S. Marine died of injuries sustained during fighting west of Baghdad, the US Army declared Saturday.
The statement added that the member of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died of wounds he got during "security and stability operations" in the Al-Anbar province on Friday.
The death raised the U.S. toll in Iraq since the beginning of the war to 903, according to an Associated Press count.
Meanwhile, a blast has set fire to an oil pipeline north of Baghdad, witnesses and an oil refinery official said Saturday.
Witness Ali Mohammed Samarrai told Reuters he heard the explosion and saw the pipeline catch fire at a point southwest of Samarra, some 100 kilometers north of Baghdad.
An official at Iraq's main northern oil refinery at Baiji, 180 kilometers north of Baghdad, said the fire was on a pipeline that carries oil from the refinery to Baghdad.
The pipeline attacked on Saturday was a subsidiary line and not Iraq's main northern oil export line which runs north to Turkey. (albawaba.com)
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