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Millions of dollars in damages caused by the smuggling of oil derivatives from the country, while Iraq incurs huge sums of money as a result, while the concerned authorities indicate a noticeable decrease in these operations by rates of up to 90 percent. Millions of dollars in losses[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Today, Saturday (August 19, 2023), the Parliamentary Oil and Gas Committee confirms that Iraq is losing millions of dollars due to oil smuggling operations.
Committee member Ali al-Lami told "Baghdad Today" that "the oil smuggling operations that take place in various Iraqi cities, Iraq has incurred huge losses in the millions of dollars, and these operations are behind gangs involving various influential parties and personalities."
Al-Lami explains that "there is a decline in oil smuggling operations, after the blows dealt to these gangs by the security forces, who succeeded during the past periods in thwarting many oil smuggling operations, in addition to exposing many of these gangs," adding, "But the smuggling operations are still going on." This calls for doubling the security effort."
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The Energy Police Directorate of the Ministry of Interior revealed, on (August 18, 2023), statistics for oil derivatives seizures during the current year .
The Director General of the Energy Police, Major General Zafer Al-Husseini, said in a statement followed by "Baghdad Today", that "the Energy Police Directorate continues to carry out its security duties and according to the orders issued by the references and in joint coordination with the National Intelligence and Investigation Agency, as well as the formation of joint teams during the security operations that carry out with it . ”
He added, "The Directorate has been able, since the beginning of this year until now, to seize 489 tanks and 100 dens for smuggling oil derivatives, confiscate 23 million and 308 thousand liters of fuel, and arrest 553 suspects, as well as seize two violating fuel stations . "
And he stated, "The Energy Police Directorate has 9 brigades deployed in all regions of the country, carrying out its proactive operations, and these brigades continue to combat smuggling of oil derivatives, according to their responsibility, in addition to Iraqi oil installations scattered in all regions of Iraq," stressing, "The Directorate is seeking to control smuggling operations and dumping Arresting smugglers .
Al-Husseini confirms, "The smuggling of oil derivatives decreased at the level of Iraq by 90% compared to previous years," noting that "the Police Directorate has developed, since the beginning of this year, proactive and qualitative plans that were presented to the Minister of Interior and approved, which included joint coordination between the Directorate Energy Police and the Intelligence and Investigation Agency to provide us with information on smuggling operations, in addition to information that comes through a hotline .