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Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani answers questions from the media after signing the West Qurna Phase 2 contract Jan. 31, 2010. He's joined by Helge Lund, president of Statoil (right), and Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Shootout at West Qurna 2

BASRA — Local tribesmen exchanged gunfire with Iraqi Oil Police protecting the super-giant West Qurna 2 oil field, a conflict apparently stoked by high unemployment.

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