DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Iraq Celebrates Reopening of Baiji Oil Refinery, Marks Step Towards Energy Self-Sufficiency

Iraq Celebrates Reopening of Baiji Oil Refinery, Marks Step Towards Energy Self-Sufficiency

Iraq's Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, hailed the reopening of the Baiji oil refinery on February 23, marking a significant milestone in the nation's journey toward energy independence.

Al-Sudani emphasized that the achievement brings Iraq closer to fulfilling its entire demand for oil derivatives by mid-next year, projecting substantial savings that can be redirected towards bolstering the economy and enhancing services for Iraqi citizens.

The refurbished Baiji refinery is slated to process 150,000 barrels of crude oil daily, contributing to Iraq's plans for investment projects domestically and internationally, particularly in the petrochemical and manufacturing sectors.

The reopening of the Al-Shamal unit within the Baiji refinery marks a decade since its capture by ISIS forces, which inflicted severe damage during the subsequent conflicts as Iraqi troops sought to reclaim control.

Despite Iraq's status as a major oil producer, limited refining capacity has necessitated significant fuel imports from neighboring countries. Sanctions restricting Iraqi banks from transactions with Iran have exacerbated the situation, leading to fuel shortages and electricity challenges within Iraq.

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On this day, 2004, the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, under the control of American forces, was attacked without clear reason, leading to the death of 22 detainees. During the American invasion of Iraq, military personnel and CIA forces committed numerous human rights violations against detainees, including physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, and murder. 

في مثل هذا اليوم من عام 2004، تعرضت السجن المشهور أبو غريب، تحت سيطرة القوات الأمريكية، لهجوم دون سبب واضح، مما أدى إلى مقتل 22 معتقلاً. خلال الغزو الأمريكي للعراق، ارتكب الشخصيات العسكرية وقوات وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية العديد من انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ضد المعتقلين، بما في ذلك الإيذاء الجسدي والجنسي، والتعذيب، والاغتصاب، والقتل. 

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