IRAQ

 

Basra In Turmoil As Oil Services Firms Retreat Following Violence

 

Iraq’s southern oil province of Basra is tense following violent incidents involving Western oil workers. This led oil services companies Baker Hughes and Schlumberger to scale back operations and evacuate foreign staff amid protests against a perceived slight to Shi’a Muslim sensitivities in the country’s Shi’a heartland. The deteriorating situation in the region highlights the...