WASHINGTON (AP Online via COMTEX) # Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that U.S. forces have shut down a pipeline used for illegal oil shipments from Iraq to Syria, but he could not assure that oil is not still flowing between those two countries.
During a question-and-answer session with reporters, Rumsfeld denied that coalition forces had destroyed any pipelines. “We have preserved infrastructure in that country,” he said.
However, Rumsfeld said, coalition forces are working on securing the particular illegal pipeline. “I hope they have cut it off,” he said.
There were allegations that, in violation of U.N. sanctions, Syria has received 150,000 to 200,000 barrels of oil daily through the pipeline, which opened in 2000.