Outrage in Basra as Kuwait drills cross-border deposits

Basra province alleges that Kuwaiti oil development could sap Iraqi resources, and calls for clarification of control of joint wells

BASRA - A Kuwaiti project to drill an oil deposit shared with Iraq has sparked outrage in Iraq's southern oil province of Basra, where the Iraqi side of the shared cross-border deposit is located.

Local politicians in Basra said Kuwaiti work on the Ratqa field, an extension of Iraq's supergiant Rumaila field, could tap into Iraq's reserves. Kuwait denies it is anything but routine work.

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