ERBIL - ExxonMobil's controversial signing of six exploration blocks with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has jolted the country's oil sector out of its uneasy status quo.
In political arenas where Bush administration benchmarks and the massive U.S. Embassy failed to force headway, another American icon – the world's most profitable company – has caused Iraqi decision makers to start confronting fundamental questions about the shape of not only the oil sector but also the state.
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