Beyond the Headlines: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

  • Officials question Ahdab threats
  • City complains of Garraf field limits
  • Local Iraqiya block officials quit
  • UN opens Basra office
Beyond the Headlines: Dec. 26-Jan. 1
Chinese workers conduct seismic surveys at the Ahdab oil field in Wasit province on March 11, 2009. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

Officials question Ahdab threatsAHDAB – Oil and security officials from both local and central governments say tension with farmers near the Ahdab oil field are not signs of problems to come.In recent week local media and some officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was an escalation of tension around the field, being developed by the Iraq subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corp., called al-Waha.The field, in Wasit province south of Baghdad, is being devel...

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