Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Cheney company ‘running Iraqi oil industry’

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Cheney company ‘running Iraqi oil industry’ Halliburton, the company formerly run by US vice-president Dick Cheney, has been granted a far broader role in Iraq than previously disclosed and is already operating oil fields in the country, the US Army admitted yesterday.

Kellogg Brown and Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is pumping oil from fields in the north and south of the country, despite earlier claims that its contract with the US government was for fighting oil fires, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers told the Guardian.

The bigger role “was part of the original contract but we haven’t emphasised that because we thought it would be handled by a [future] contract,” Corps spokesman Scott Saunders said. “But due to the needs of the Iraqi people, that option has been exercised.”

About 125,000 barrels a day were being produced, he said, and used entirely for domestic purposes.

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