US's likely role in postwar Iraq oil sector hazy

Maureen LorenzettiWashington EditorThe White House is still analyzing the role it would play in rebuilding the oil sector in a postconflict Iraq, according to government and industry sources.Over the past 2 months, the US Department of State (DOS) has hosted informal talks involving Iraqi dissidents with extensive oil industry knowledge. But the discussions have not yielded a clear blueprint for the US to follow after the anticipated hostilities stop and rebuilding begins, say oil industry experts and US officials. US officials have repeatedly stressed that the Iraqi energy sector will "continue to be managed by Iraqis for the benefit of the Iraqi people."But some US officials acknowledge...

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