Monday, November 12, 2007

War for Oil Update: US Digs In

U.S. Digs In to Guard Iraq Oil Exports
Long-Term Presence Planned At Persian Gulf Terminals Viewed as Vulnerable

KHAWR AL AMAYA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq -- The U.S. Navy is building a military installation atop this petroleum-export platform as the U.S. establishes a more lasting military mission in the oil-rich north Persian Gulf.

The U.S. Navy is quietly building a new military installation atop Khawr Al Amaya, one of two Iraqi export terminals.

While presidential candidates debate whether to start bringing ground troops home from Iraq, the new construction suggests that one footprint of U.S. military power in Iraq isn't shrinking anytime soon: American officials are girding for an open-ended commitment to protect the country's oil industry.

Wall Street Journal

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