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Iraq doesn't have nearly as much oil/gas as the Arctic is estimated to contain.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday granted "hero" awards to scientists backing Russia's claim to a mountain range under the Arctic Ocean that is believed to contain huge oil and gas reserves.

The scientists planted a Russian flag under the North Pole ice in August as part of an Arctic expedition that heated up the controversy over an area that a U.S. study suggests may contain as much as 25 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas.

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Iraq doesn't have nearly as much oil/gas as the Arctic is estimated to contain.
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Or war with Denmark or Canada?

The devil is in the details:

About 100 scientists aboard the Akademik Fyodorov are looking for evidence that the Lomonosov Ridge -- a 1,240-mile underwater mountain range that crosses the polar region -- is a geologic extension of Russia, and therefore can be claimed by it under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea...

...Denmark hopes to prove that the Lomonosov Ridge is an extension of the Danish territory of Greenland, not Russia. Canada, meanwhile, plans to spend $7 billion to build and operate up to eight Arctic patrol ships in a bid to help protect its sovereignty.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/01/arctic.grab.ap/index.html

I guess the idea is to cover your claim as soon as possible.
 
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Yup. Though I figured it would be us, the Danes and Canucks vs. the Russians.
 

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Yup. Though I figured it would be us, the Danes and Canucks vs. the Russians.
I don't know that they would be too happy about having to give us a cut of their oil they demonstrate a valid claim and suppose that would be our price for hiring out our military.
 

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