**FILE** Iraqis work at the Rumaila oil refinery near the city of Basra. The province, located on the Persian Gulf bordering Kuwait and Iran, is Iraq's only outlet to the sea and is the hub for most of Iraq's oil exports of nearly 1.9 million barrels a day to the international market. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Iraqis work at the Rumaila oil refinery near the city of Basra. The province, located on the Persian Gulf bordering Kuwait and Iran, is Iraq's only outlet to the sea and is the hub for most of Iraq's oil exports of nearly 1.9 million barrels a day to the international market. (Associated Press)