Kirkuk's Oil Crisis - Iraq
Up until now Kurds
have stayed out of the civil war in Iraq
. But insurgents targeting the oilfields in Kirkuk
are trying to drag them into the conflict. Could civil war spread northwards?
A huge power struggle is being waged for control of Iraq's oil fields. The city
of Kirkuk is caught in the middle "crippled with water, fuel and electricity shortages." And now the region is being further destabilised by the presence of Turkish
oil companies. Vice President Omar
Fatah believes Turkey
's central role in refining oil is "the best guarantee for peace
. They will protect their business in our country". Arabs
are angry that Kurds now control Iraq's oil fields and have invited the Turks
in. Babagurger oil field is the largest reserve in the country with 600 billion barrels of oil in ...