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In actual fact the US has been pushing for an oil pipeline from Baku in Azerbaijan to Ceyhan in Turkey. It is not the most economical route to export Caspian region oil, but the US has pushed it intensely for strategic regions to help Turkey, and limit Russia and Iran's role. Oil companies would prefer the pipeline go through Iran, but the US won't have a bar of it, and have been persuading oil companies to support the baku-ceyhan route with diplomatic pressure, loans etc. Once again, oil companies would have preferred to go through Iran, but Washington strenuously objects to that. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk