Iraqi oil facility sabotage stunts postsanctions recovery

In a major diplomatic victory for the US, the United Nations Security Council May 22 voted 14-0 to lift economic sanctions against Iraq, clearing the way for the US to restart oil exports and control the resulting revenue.That victory comes in sobering contrast to the growing recognition that continuing sabotage of Iraqi oil field facilities—ostensibly by organized elements opposed to the US-led presence—threatens to undermine recovery of postsanctions Iraq.Diplomatic victoryResolution 1483, sponsored by the US, UK, and Spain, calls for the existing UN oil-for-aid program to be phased out over 6 months.The US-controlled Central Bank of Iraq, instead of the UN, will collect and...

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