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1. IMHO it was indirectly about oil. I am confident we wouldn't be there if Iraq were let's say Thailand. Because, it is not as strategically important.

The thing is that Iraq's position is strategically vital regardless of the oil, if you accept the argument that we really do want to fight a war against radical islamic state-sponsored terrorists.

Of course, if you don't accept that argument, then there would be no reason for us to be interested in that strategically valuable real estate except for the oil.
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