Just over a year ago in a packed auditorium in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, the two top political leaders of Iraq's Kurdish population ceremoniously inaugurated a pipeline symbolizing the first oil exports from the region.
Among the hundreds watching the momentous show, as Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani gripped the gold-painted wheel on the faux pipeline, was former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.
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