June 24, 2014

Predictable Petropolitics Behind Iraq Crisis

Robert Fisk, The Independent

The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia’s claim to be the greatest oil producer in the world is no longer threatened by Shia Iraq’s output, nor the undiscovered reserves which might turn Iraq into the greatest oil producer and which lie, quite literally, under the boots of the al-Qa’ida-inspired Salafists who now threaten Maliki.

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