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Note for David Manning on UK Oil Interest in Iraq 29.11.2002


This note discusses the involvement of the UK’s commercial oil companies in the re-construction and re-facilitation of Iraq’s oil industry in order to prevent being pushed out of the sector by the US and Russia and ensure consistency across planning for Iraqi oil.

However, the source urges caution in entering discussions too prematurely in order to ensure a fair field of play for all states in post-conflict Iraq. This source is of significant use to historians as it demonstrates the urgency with which the British government are forced to act in order to ensure that Britain are not at a commercial disadvantage.