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A division of the spoils: Uncertainty for Libya's energy sector

As UN-backed military action targets Qadhafi's forces, Libya's oil and gas industry faces a difficult and uncertain future

THOSE with long memories will see parallels between the uneasy aftermath of the first Gulf War in Iraq 20 years ago and events in Libya, as European and US forces enforce a no-fly zone. After receiving the go-ahead from the UN, the weekend of 19 March saw an air assault targeting Muammar Qadhafi's air defences, with co-ordinated bombing raids and missile strikes across the country. What happens next in Libya may follow the precedent set by post-Desert Storm Iraq – the imposition of international sanctions that crippled the oil sector. Saddam Hussein's ruthless suppression in 1991 of the Marsh Arab rebellion in southern Iraq extended the life of his regime for a decade or so, but Iraq's once

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