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Map: International oil development in Iraq

Where international oil companies are developing in Iraq

Despite years of war and continued instability, Iraq’s oil fields, which were once state-owned and controlled by Saddam Hussein, are now being developed by international oil companies, completely free from the sanctions that had held back their full potential. In 2012, Iraq produced more oil per day than it had at any point in the previous three decades. Learn more, visit the "Why We Did It" page on MSNBC. The full documentary is available on and will re-air on MSNBC at a future date.