Power Struggle

Power Struggle As US troops finally withdraw from Iraq, can the country's huge oil reservoirs bring it prosperity and security at last? Or will it further divide this war-torn land between the haves and the have-nots?
The rusty old Dora Power Station sits on a quarter of the world's energy resources but creaks out only half the energy produced under Saddam. Squatter families like Zaheda's struggle to find clean water in the middle of a sweltering Baghdad summer. And with only two hours of electricity a day from the national grid, Iraqis queue for hours for petrol to fuel generators. "We are the richest country in the world, but right now we're the poorest". Once the target for insurgency bombings, now the country's vital oil installations are under the fierce protection of the Iraq oil police. Brigadier Abdul Karim Salem is quick to describe the "rampant corruption" within his organisation. Yet patrolling the still untapped oil fields in Basra and Rumaila, his superiors are more concerned with the dream of producing "12 million barrels a day". New laws setting out how to distribute the vast oil wealth of the country are stuck in Parliament. And whilst the international bidding war for the country's oil reserves reaches a frenzy, the people of Iraq wait for their bickering politicians to form a government, enduring constant blackouts, and dry petrol stations.

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