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There is also a lot of oil around Kirkuk.

It is interesting that most of Saudi Arabia's oil is also under shiite territory, in Saudi Arabia's shiite North.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:48:45 PM EST
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Yes, there is oil at Kirkuk. The field was actually found as early as 1927 IIRC, and the wells were immediatly plugged by the international oil companies to keep the price of oil up. Oh the irony.

But I think there is far more oil in the south. Maybe proprotions like 4 to 1, or something like that.

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by Starvid on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:54:56 PM EST
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The infrastructure in the North is a deal better, though - or less shot up, at least. As far as I've heard from our newsies, the oil is split roughly fifty-fifty between the North and South of Iraq. It's the centre that's out of luck.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 06:57:33 PM EST
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It is what I remembered as well but after reading Starvid's comment I looked it up and it appears the reserve distribution is 20% in the North and 70% in the South. I'll have to think about that because it may change my opinion on the need they have to deal with Iran in some fashion.
by Fete des fous on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 07:26:15 PM EST
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