Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. LI

No 13

31-March-2008

IRAQ

Iraq’s Southern Oil Sector Vulnerable As Widespread Violence Erupts

Fighting was continuing through a number of Iraqi cities (with a three-day curfew in force in Baghdad) and the country’s vital southern oil exports were facing serious disruption, as MEES went to press. The latest developments, sparked by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s order to disarm militias in the southern city of Basra, threaten...