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Thu Nov 1, 2012 1:45PM
A Syrian insurgent poses in front of a burning oil pipeline in the Baba Amr district of Homs city. (File photo)

A Syrian insurgent poses in front of a burning oil pipeline in the Baba Amr district of Homs city. (File photo)

Insurgents have blown up an oil pipeline in eastern Syria as mop-up operations are being carried out by government forces nationwide against foreign-sponsored armed men. The attack hit the pipeline in the city of Deir al-Zour, situated about 420 kilometers (262 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, on Thursday, Syria’s state-run TV reported. Foreign-backed gunmen seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad have repeatedly bombed the country’s pipelines. On October 18, insurgents attacked two oil and gas pipelines in northeast Syria near the Iraqi border. The pipelines ran between Deir al-Zour and the city of Palmyra in central Syria. Syrian oil ministry officials immediately shut off the lines, and managed to extinguish the fires. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. MP/HMV
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