Corruption, sabotage hinder Iraq’s postwar efforts

Official corruption, sabotage, and oil smuggling are costing Iraq billions of dollars each year, according to officials from the Oil Ministry and the State Organization for Marketing Oil (SOMO).“It seems that there is an implicit alliance between the smuggling and sabotage forces aimed at increasing the rates of exhaustion of the state resources,” SOMO Director General Diya al-Bakka said in an interview with Baghdad’s Al-Zaman newspaper.“The smuggling and sabotage operations, among other factors, have hindered the Iraqi plans to rehabilitate and modernize the oil sector in a way that would allow us to reach a ceiling of production of 6 million b/d by 2010,” h...

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