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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:47:33 AM

Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest oil company, is pushing ahead with its controversial drive to develop oil fields in Iraq's independence-minded Kurdish enclave despite fierce opposition from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's central government in Baghdad.

The U.S. oil giant's plan, and the growing defiance of the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in the northern city of Erbil, is a direct challenge to the authority of Maliki's troubled coalition.

It could also seriously upset Baghdad's ambitious plans to rival Saudi Arabia as the world's top producer over the next decade.

For now, all the signs are that the KRG and the central government, which haven't seen eye to eye for years, are on a collision course.

The gap is widening on a broader front as the Kurds increasingly si
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 10:28:58 PM

Risky business
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 9:17:53 PM


Exxon could be putting itself in the midst of a potential civil war.
rjojo40AL
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:14:50 PM

just Exxon flexing there mussels, but would hate to be a employee of Exxon in Iraq.
MKAnudo
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:26:35 AM

Risky.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 10:41:14 AM

Just let them have their oil.
joekool1
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 7:39:08 AM

kurds have rights too
wrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 7:23:12 AM

Business is business.

Work for it or work with it, but all means work it out.

That works for me.

Nobody should be afraid of a little work.

I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.

gcalleja
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 7:11:56 AM

That's what we need. Another war to drive up oil prices.
335d1
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:51:02 AM

It will be interesting to see if the Kurds and Turks reach some agreement and build a pipeline to get the oil out.
skippypa
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:21:46 AM

Let them fight amoung themselves
WEB0153
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:12:27 AM

Ok
pricewar
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:05:04 AM

let the collision begin
pscamp
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:02:23 AM

OK
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 4:03:06 AM

The problem with logic is that it requires cool heads to apply. When passion and dollars are at stake nobody has a cool head. Just what the region doesn't need.
Snowball2013
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:20:06 AM

Ok
stefanwaggoner
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:17:02 AM

These criminal oil CEOs never surprise me
MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:00:48 AM

Who is running Iraq, the government or Exxon Oil?
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:25:25 AM

not logical
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:21:11 AM

Well developed the reserves in the rest of the country.
montpelier28
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:07:22 AM

billions spent and they sell the oil to everyone but us
MN1
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:30:04 AM

Billions spent to get rid of Hussein and now a civil war, what a mess.
REVLAW
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:14:55 AM

After all the blood and sacrifice expended to free Iraq, Obama let the country move into the camp of our enemies. Iraq is not grateful for any past USA involvement and certainly cannot be numbered among friendly nations today. That's the HO's fault. He built that!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:07:18 AM

Greed!!!
Fox4834
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:56:39 AM

Did not know that Exxon Mobil was the biggest oil company.... learn something everyday!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:53:37 AM

Interesting.
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