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Multiple explosions rock Turkish gaslines

The ability of pipelines to resist hostile attack is being sorely tested in Turkey, with Kurdish separatists attacking the gaslines

The outbreak of armed strife between the Turkish authorities and the separatist forces of the PKK, deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey and its Nato allies, is the immediate cause for the latest assaults on three major pipelines within Turkey, while Turkish intervention in Iraq and Syria adds a fresh element to the threat posed by Islamic State saboteurs to the Iraq-Turkey oil pipeline. And in the background is the uncertain role being played by Russia with regard to the security of major pipelines in the Caucasus. Attacks on the two lines, bringing in some gas from Iran and Azerbaijan are not new, but their intensity has grown after talks between the Turkish government and the milita

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