Statements by Iraq’s officials today confirmed that live in a world increasingly absurd. “The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities, after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security,” Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, said. He told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday that Iraq is “now celebrating the restoration of sovereignty”. The Pentagon did not comment. The US military is to continue combat operations in rural areas and near the border with the permission of the Iraqi government. The US has not said how many troops will be in the cities in advisory roles, but the vast majority of the more than 130,000 US troops forces remaining in the country will be in large bases scattered outside cities. I don’t see what was celebrated here … Are less likely to get things on a normal track, if remember that car bomb kills at least 40 in Kirkuk as Iraqi forces assume control in urban areas. Many analysts thinks that the iraqi national army will be unable to secure the country in the absence of US troops which could enable neighbouring countries to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.
Also, Iraq’s oil for sale
Today, the first bidding round for the service contracts of six oil fields and two gas fields in Iraq comes on the background of high insecurity and attacks that continue to make victims. The process, which had been televised earlier, coincided with Iraq assuming formal control over its cities, a step towards ending the United States’ combat role in the country. Iraq’s long-awaited licensing round to develop some of its massive oil reserves has run into trouble as international oil and gas companies rejected all but one deal, demanding more money for their efforts than the government was willing to pay. Conform Al Jazeera Chanel, following Tuesday’s initial bids, of the six oil and two gas fields on offer, Iraq had only struck a deal with a BP-led consortium for Rumaila, the largest oil field available.A total of 32 firms, including US and European giants ExxonMobil and Shell and companies from China, India and other Asian states, have been chasing the opportunity to get 20-year service contracts to develop Iraq’s resources.