Iraqi oil industry calm amidst U.S. warnings on Iran

As the U.S. evacuates diplomatic personnel, citing threats from Iran, Iraq's oil sector and its IOC partners maintain status quo.
Iraqi oil industry calm amidst U.S. warnings on Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Baghdad on Jan. 9, 2019. (Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil operations remain stable in the face of rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, despite the U.S. State Department's decision Wednesday to remove non-emergency personnel from Iraq.

According to a broad range of industry and government officials -- including international oil company executives, leaders of Iraq's state-run oil companies, Iraqi military and intelligence officers, and western diplomats -- there has been little reason to change their security assessment around the country's key oil infrastructure, and business is proceeding as usual.

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