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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-15-07 11:47 AM
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71. Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, U.S. Study Says
This you know, but it is news for historically unaware:



Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, U.S. Study Says

By JAMES GLANZ
NYT May 12, 2007

Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraqs declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report.

Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the discrepancy was valued at $5 million to $15 million daily.

The report does not give a final conclusion on what happened to the missing fraction of the roughly two million barrels pumped by Iraq each day, but the findings are sure to reinforce longstanding suspicions that smugglers, insurgents and corrupt officials control significant parts of the countrys oil industry.

The report also covered alternative explanations for the billions of dollars worth of discrepancies, including the possibility that Iraq has been consistently overstating its oil production.

Iraq and the State Department, which reports the numbers, have been under relentless pressure to show tangible progress in Iraq by raising production levels, which have languished well below the United States goal of three million barrels a day. Virtually the entire economy of Iraq is dependent on oil revenues.

The draft report, expected to be released within the next week, was prepared by the United States Government Accountability Office with the help of government energy analysts, and was provided to The New York Times by a separate government office that received a review copy. The accountability office declined to provide a copy or to discuss the draft.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/12/world/middleeast/12oi...



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