Iraq: The Battle for Oil

Channel 4

Unreported World

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While Sunnis and Shias battle for control of Baghdad, Unreported World travels to northern Iraq where Kurds are quietly consolidating their hold 40% of Iraq's oil reserves and ethnic violence is fuelling a break up of the country.


Reporter Evan Williams and Director Paul Kittel travel to Kirkuk, at the heart of the oil fields. It's claimed by three ethnic groups - Arabs, Kurds, and Turkomans. At stake is an area that sits on forty percent of Iraq's oil reserves. If Iraq ever breaks up the Kurds want to be certain this oil is theirs…

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October 26, 2007

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