Dispute over postwar Iraq oil control getting nastier

The dispute over control of Iraq's postwar reconstruction—and by extension its oil wealth—has gotten nastier even as US-led coalition forces last week sought to wrap up the job of toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime.As US officials try to address growing international concerns about coalition control of oil fields in postwar Iraq, more doubts have arisen about the near-term potential for any projected boom in the Arab country's oil production. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council looks to be the next battleground for control of Iraq, with the UN's oil-for-aid program at the epicenter of the looming battle.Given that prospect, delays are l...

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