Saturday, June 16, 2007

Iraqi Oil Trivia of the Day

Iraq Oil Infrastructure (source)

From Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey's testimony (watch it on CSPAN) at the House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, June 12:

Nearly 90% of Iraq's total revenue depends on two offshore oil terminals in the Persian Gulf. The Al-Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) pumps oil worth 83% of that revenue, while Khor al-Amaya's output (KAAOT) makes up 5-6%. They are protected by a "ring of steel" about which you can read more in one of Michael Yon's older dispatches.


Anonymous said...

Could some body tell me, please, what is this "de facto Boundry" between Iraq and Jordan? In my maps this boundry, without the little "zig zag" in the south, have been marked since the late twenties of the last century. Thank you very much.

Amos said...

I don't know anything about it. The "zig zag" you're talking about - you mean on that border with Jordan?
What do you your maps from the 1920s show exactly? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

In three maps the border of Jordan with Iraq run as a stright line between two desert points, I think the two were marked on the ground by a pile of stones and a metal post, perhaps even astronomical observations were taken and a position fix was made. One desert point is the common border point where the borders of Saudia Arabia - Jordan- Iraq meet. The second is the common border point where the borders of Syria-Jordan-Iraq meet. The map line connecting the two points is stright. This border line is not marked on the maps I saw differently than any of the other borders between the four states (three of them mandates then).