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Unformatted text preview: March 3 rd 2008 Conflicts/ Invasions over oil: 1914 UK invasion of Mesopotamia 1939-1945 German invasion of North Africa (Libya) to secure oil sources 1941- German invasion of USSR, Baku more specifically 1941-42 Japanese Invasion of SE Asia 1953- Overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran Both Germany and Japan knew that in order to win WWII, they needed to secure oil sources. Germany failed, as it lost the battle of Stalingrad. Although Japan did win its battle in Pearl Harbor, it failed to target US oil supplies. US hinder Japans ability to get to oil sources. Relationship between US and Saudi Arabia USA is the largest consumer of oil in the world, and Saudi Arabia is the worlds largest oil producer. These countries have had a very tight relationship since 1930s. Why is Saudi Arabia so important for US interests? US Oil Statistics 2006 US largest consumer of oil in the world: 20 million barrels a days Produces 8.3 million barrels of oil a day; this is declining since the early 1970s, still Produces 8....
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