Galbraith denies wrongdoing alleged in KRG oil deal flap

Former U.S. Ambassador and prominent proponent of decentralized Iraq says political opinions shaped before KRG oil involvement.

BAGHDAD - Former U.S. official Peter Galbraith, who unearthed Saddam Hussein’s massacre of the Kurds in the 1980s and promoted a partition of the country after the 2003 invasion, denied his contract in Iraq’s oil sector was a conflict of interest.

In June 2004, a few months after Galbraith advised Iraq’s Kurdish leadership on how to secure autonomy over its land – and oil – from Baghdad’s long-time grip, his newly formed company signed up as a player in an oil contract in the Kurdish region.

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