Tuesday, June 08, 2004

lgf: "And in other news, the idiots who continue to insist we went to Iraq to take control of Iraqi oil may now serve themselves a big heaping helping of rancid crow: Iraq Claims Full Control of Oil Sector.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials declared Tuesday that the interim government has assumed full control of the country�s oil industry ahead of the June 30 handover of sovereignty from the U.S.-led occupation administration.
�Today the most important natural resource has been returned to Iraqis to serve all Iraqis,� Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. �I�m pleased to announce that full sovereignty and full control on oil industry has been handed over to the oil ministry today and to the new Iraqi government as of today.�
The announcement came as Allawi and Oil Minister Thamir Ghadbhan toured the al-Doura oil refinery in southern Baghdad.
After meeting and shaking hands with the refinery workers, the two ministers thanked oil sector workers.
�We are totally now in control, there are no more advisers,� Ghadbhan said. �We are running the show, the oil policies will be implemented 100 percent by Iraqis.�"


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