Former American ambassador James Jeffrey is now advising ExxonMobil, which has also retained Condoleezza Rice, Stephen Hadley and other retired American officials to advise on Iraq.

Exxon hires ex-U.S. officials to navigate Iraq

Exxon hires ex-U.S. officials to navigate Iraq
James Jeffrey, then the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, speaks during a ceremony for the U.S. military to retire its ceremonial flags, signifying the end of military presence in Iraq, in Baghdad on Dec. 15, 2011. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

When ExxonMobil signed six oil deals with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in October 2011, then-U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey was forced to manage the aftermath. Jeffrey was furious. A veteran diplomat serving his final two years in the foreign service, running the largest-ever American embassy, he held heated conversations with company and government officials and foretold the problems Exxon would face, according to people in the State Department, Exxon and t...

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