Vandals sabotaged a nonfunctioning oil well in northern Iraq on Thursday morning, sending black plumes of smoke billowing into the sky, an official with Iraq's North Oil Co. said.
The attack hit a deserted well about 4 a.m. in the Hanjirah area, about 25 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Oil production has plummeted since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 as the oil pipelines have faced repeated insurgent sabotage, attacks on maintenance crews, alleged corruption, theft and mismanagement.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land