Rebuilding Iraqi oil sector must navigate feuds old and new

The US-led coalition that toppled the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has focused on quickly restarting the country's oil sector as its top priority.In doing so, it must cope with old, recent, and possible new feuds among various factions with stakes in postwar Iraq. The coalition already has taken steps to ensure that old enmities between Turks and Kurds don't make the northern Iraqi oil fields a new flashpoint. Meanwhile, coalition governments must deal with the recent schism between traditional allies that could ultimately delay award of contracts needed to get Iraqi oil flowing again. And fresh tensions have flared up between the coalition and Syria, resulting in a ha...

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