Days after airstrike killed Iran’s Soleimani, US oil workers flee Iraq

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– US oil workers in Iraq have begun leaving the country days after the airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani

– The oil workers were leaving Iraq to to Dubai on airline FlyDubai

– Some other US citizens were checking in at the Qatar Airways counter at the Basra airport in Iraq

Some citizens of the United States of America working in various foreign oil companies in Basra, Iran have begun to leave the country, Reuters reports.

The oil ministry in Iraq said the US citizens were leaving the country after the killing of top Iranian commander in Iraq, Qassem Soleimani and another Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Although the US embassy in Baghdad had called on its citizens to leave the country hours Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike alongside al-Muhandis, officials of Iraq had assured that the evacuation will not affect oil production in the country.

Iraq is the second-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with a production output of 4.62 million barrels per day.

It was also gathered that some of the US citizens were leaving the country to Dubai on airline FlyDubai while some others were checking in at the Qatar Airways counter at the Basra airport in Iraq.

While Eni, an Italian Energy company said activities were proceeding regularly and it was monitoring the situation, ExxonMobil officials declined to comment the company’s plan for its US staff and the effect of the killing of Soleimani on their oil production.

ExxonMobil’s spokesperson, however, said production on its plants continues normally and, “We continue to watch the situation closely.”

Another oil giant, Canadian Packer Plus said the organisation priority is the safety of its staff in Iraq as Kurdish Gulf Keystone Petroleum said, “while these events are taking place…Gulf Keystone is closely monitoring the situation and operations at [the Shaikan field] are carrying on as per usual”.

Source: Legit NG

Author: Nnenna Ibeh

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