Middle East Briefing: Warplanes strike rebel-held town in Syria

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KOGAS has played a major role in Iraq’s energy sector. It is developing a promising western gas field near the Syrian border, and is teaming up with the Turkish Petroleum Corp. and Kuwait Energy Co. to develop another gas field in eastern Iraq.

Since 2008, Iraq has awarded 15 oil and gas deals, but developers have been complaining about infrastructure bottlenecks because of decades of war, sanctions and insurgent attacks.

Iraq now is producing about 3.4 million barrels a day, up from nearly 2.4 million a day in 2009, and its daily exports averaged 2.6 million barrels a day last month.

It plans to raise production to between 5 million and 6 million barrels per day in 2015 and between 9 million and 10 million barrels per day by 2020, a level that could be sustained for 20 years.

TUNISIA

Rights group: Tunisia must confront extremist assaults

RABAT, Morocco — Human Rights Watch is urging Tunisian authorities to investigate and bring to justice the people behind a series of attacks by religious extremists in the past 10 months.

In an open letter to the Interior and Justice ministries, the New York-based group criticized the government Monday for failing to respond to the assaults by extremists against activists, journalists, filmmakers and others.

Victims have described the attackers as bearded religious conservatives known as Salafis, who follow an ultra-conservative form of Islam. They have been increasingly active in Tunisia since the fall of the secular dictatorship a year and a half ago.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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