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Fuel on the fire : oil and politics in occupied Iraq

Author: Greg Muttitt
Publisher: London : The Bodley Head, [2011]
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"'The oil belongs to the Iraqi people. It's their asset', declared George W. Bush, at the end of a day at Camp David with his Generals and National Security Council in June 2006. The next morning he would arrive in Baghdad, and they were planning his message to the new government of Nouri al-Maliki. Bush's team spent 'a lot of time' talking about oil. 'And we talked about how to advise the government to best use  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Muttitt
ISBN: 9781847921116 1847921116
OCLC Number: 732626507
Description: xxviii, 433 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: The road To war (before March 2003). A long liberation ; The human at the centre ; Burning ambition ; An immense strategic advantage --
Part 2: Occupation (March 2003-June 2004). Wiping the slate ; Emergent Iraq ; The Coalition Authority ; Invasion of the Chalabis ; The advisers --
Part 3: Democracy and violence (April 2004-July 2006). Anti-Iraqi forces ; Production sharing ; The hands of Iraqis ; Now it becomes legal ; Iraq divided --
Part 4: The oil law struggle (March 2006-September 2007). A law to end all laws ; The pragmatist ; The Laurel Lodge plan ; The surge ; A line in the sand ; The ticking clock ; Imposing the law --
Part 5: Oil companies on the front line (September 2oo7-July 2010). The new Iraq ; Overwatch ; Talking business ; Under the hammer ; The economic war.
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Oil lies at the heart of Iraqi politics. Yet in years since the bombs began to fall on Baghdad it has been a taboo subject. Drawing on government documents and interviews with senior American,  Read more...

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"Since the invasion of Iraq Greg Muttitt has kept his eye firmly fixed on the prize: Iraq's vast oil wealth. His tireless investigations have produced nothing short of a secret history of the war. As Read more...

 
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