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China oil giants prepare Iraq evacuation plans: Report

Published on Jun 19, 2014 12:51 PM
A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces stands guard during an intensive security deployment in Baghdad's Amiriya district, June 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

BEIJING (AFP) - Major Chinese oil firms have prepared evacuation plans in case spreading violence in Iraq - a key energy provider to the Asian giant - threatens their operations, state media reported on Thursday.

China has more than 10,000 workers on a wide range of projects in the Middle Eastern country, officials say, although most are in the south, far from the current fighting.

Militants from the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have captured vast stretches of territory in a lightning offensive that is entering its second week.

"Most Chinese workers have gone to work as usual. But if insurgents begin to attack Baghdad, we will pull out of the country immediately," an employee of Chinese state-owned energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) told the Global Times newspaper.

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