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Kuwait is often referred to as being "the NTC" of the Middle East. Camp Udairi, Kuwait is located about 10 miles from Iraq. Udairi Training range, located only 15 miles from the Iraqi border, is about 45 miles northwest of Kuwait City and 30 miles south of the Iraqi border. The Udairi [Udayri] Range is a training facility about 20 kilometers by 27 kilometers in size. The range has been open since at least 1994, when it was reported that US B-52 and B-1B's took part in live-fire exercises at the facility.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said 11 Iranian soldiers had taken control of the Fakka oilfield in a remote desert area of southeastern Iraq, in a "violation of Iraqi sovereignty."
"Iraq demands the immediate withdrawal from well No. 4 and the Fakka oilfield, which belongs to Iraq. Iraq is looking for a peaceful and diplomatic settlement to this issue," he said.
TextIn the vicinity of the Quds complex, I notice several towering flare stacks across the street from the power plant, at an oil field called East Baghdad. Atop one of the stacks, an enormous orange flame indicates that natural gas pouring out of the oil deposits is being burned off steadily to keep it from exploding. Such flaring goes on continually all over Iraq. It is so widespread in the huge southern oil fields west of Basra that it actually fills the night sky with light.
Originally posted by Styki
When I was in Iraq in 2008, it was not uncommon for the insurgents to set the oil pipelines on fire. It was really strange, I would wake up and it looked like it was going to rain that day. Little did I know that it was all just smoke.
Iraq's crude oil exports for the first 25 days of April stood at 1.7 million barrels a day, compared with 1.84 million barrels a day last month, on a combination of bad weather and sabotage, an Iraqi oil official said Monday.