Special Report: How Exxon helped make Iraqi Kurdistan




 
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December 3rd, 2014  
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By Dmitry Zhdannikov, Isabel Coles and Ned Parker LONDON/ARBIL (Reuters) - In January*2011, Exxon hired one of the best connected men in Iraq: Ali Khedery, an American of Iraqi descent who had served in Baghdad as a special assistant to five U.S. ambassadors and a senior adviser to three U.S. generals. At a meeting with Exxon a few months later to analyze Iraq's future, Khedery laid out his thoughts. Iraq under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was moving toward dictatorship and civil war, he said he told the session. "We will see a rise in violence and a total paralysis in Baghdad," he recalled saying.




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