Oil and Erbil

September 12, 2014

Why is the U.S. dropping bombs to defend the Kurdish city, two and a half years after American troops left Iraq? Steve Coll explains: http://nyr.kr/1ykSe1W

“Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Russian supplier of oil and gas to Europe, for example—are best not spoken of in polite or naïve company.”

Photograph by Sebastian Meyer/Corbis.

Author: newyorker

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