Wasit leaders defy Oil Ministry in armed standoff at Ahdab

A battle for control of the province’s oil development combusted, as local and federal security forces faced off.
Wasit Governor Latif al-Tarfa offers a gift to Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong at the oil field's opening (AFP)

AHDAB OIL FIELD, IRAQ - Iraqi forces drew weapons on one another as a dispute involving the Wasit provincial council and the Oil Ministry in Baghdad threatened to turn violent.

On Sunday, a delegation from the provincial council traveled here and demanded to be given documents from the Waha Company, the Iraqi subsidiary of the Chinese National Petroleum Corp., which was awarded the field development in 2008 after renegotiating a Saddam Hussein-era contract.

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