Former Saddam official to head new Iraq's oil sector

Monday, May 5, 2003

The United States has established a panel of Iraqis to manage the country's oil sector.

The Iraqi team, which would remain under U.S. auspices, is headed by Thamir Ghadhban, a geologist and senior official under the deposed regime of President Saddam Hussein. Ghadhban was granted responsibility for daily management of Iraq's oil sector until a new government is formed, U.S. officials said.

The United States will be responsible for policy planning. The U.S. panel is headed by Philip Carroll, former chief executive officer of Shell Oil, the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance said.

Iraq has already resumed production at both northern and southern oil fields. No exports have yet been reported.

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