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Posted on: Dec 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

When Iraq's violence escalates, President Obama better not be caught on his heels when he's blamed for losing Bush's "win."

Posted on: Feb 4, 2008, Source: UPI

Officials from the world's largest oil companies have been meeting with Iraqi Oil Ministry officials to fix the terms of technical support contracts.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2008, Source: UPI

Blackouts and long lines at gas stations, as subsidized, state-controlled supplies run dry.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2007, Source: UPI

Big Oil's big dreams are close to coming true as Iraq's Oil Ministry prepares deals for the country's largest oil fields.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2007, Source: UPI

Baghdad government will not recognize deals.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2007, Source: UPI

More expected soon, forcing a potential conflict with Baghdad.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2007, Source: UPI

An Iraqi electricity law hasn't been made public.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2007, Source: UPI

As the Iraqi legislature returns to work, passing new oil law(s) is high on its agenda.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2007, Source: UPI

With British troops departing and billions in oil revenues on the line, Southern Iraq is seeing a new wave of open conflict between competing parties and their militias.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2007, Source: UPI

Dozens of armed gunmen in uniforms and official vehicles kidnapped Abdel-Jabar al-Wagaa, a deputy minister and top assistant to the oil minister, in broad daylight on Tuesday.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2007, Source: UPI

Iraq is a bloodbath; why is Washington in such a hurry to get an oil law passed?

Posted on: Jul 31, 2007, Source: UPI

Iraq's powerful oil unions have long been a bulwark against privatizing their industry. Now they're being sidelined.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2007, Source: UPI

Iraq's government is in the eye of a storm of deadlines and benchmarks and pressure from within and abroad. At some level, it's all about the oil.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2007, Source: UPI

A historic vote in Iraq's northern territories could right past wrongs, but it might also spark a new front in the country's many-sided civil conflict.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2007, Source: UPI

Experts pan the reconstruction of Iraq's oil sector; tell of "poor security, corruption."

Posted on: Jul 11, 2007, Source: UPI

Washington says a new Iraqi hydrocarbon law has the potential to unite Iraqis. That may be right, but not in the way White House planners had hoped.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2007, Source: UPI

In Washington, lawmakers and military officials say that Iraq's new oil law is vital for the country's future. But, as one reporter learned, most have no idea what they're talking about.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2007, Source: UPI

The strike, which began with domestic pipelines, will soon restrict Iraq's 1.6 million barrels of daily global exports.

Posted on: May 13, 2007, Source: UPI

In Washington, the passage of a final oil law is a key benchmark for the Iraqis to achieve. But Iraq's factions aren't on the same page, and their differences could lead to even more conflict.