Roots of Iraq – Syria Wars Go Back 60 Years

by Rachel Baker on August 18, 2014

This article from The Big Picture is an interesting history lesson about Iraq and Syria and the wars they’ve fought since the 30s. As we all know, its always about oil and pipelines, but the author does a decent job of laying out all the players for a better understanding of the regional geography.

The same issues which drove war and terrorism in the Middle East in the 1930s and 1940s are still driving it today.

The best way to see this is to start with today, and work backwards …

The U.S. is bombing Iraq again in order to protect the major oil center in Erbil.

The war in Syria is also largely about oil and gas. International Business Times noted last year:
“[Syria] controls one of the largest conventional hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
Syria possessed 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil as of January 2013, which makes it the largest proved reserve of crude oil in the eastern Mediterranean according to the Oil & Gas Journal estimate.
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Syria also has oil shale resources with estimated reserves that range as high as 50 billion tons, according to a Syrian government source in 2010.”

Moreover, Syria is a key chess piece in the pipeline wars:

Roots of Iraq / Syria Wars Go Back 60 Years

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