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Old September 8th, 2012, 04:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wonder if we will get involved directly? ...
Depends on how much oil they have. Appears production is declining, so the oil cartel has diminishing reason to prop up regime.

Economy of Syria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Syria’s oil reserves are being gradually depleted and reached 2.5 billion barrels in January 2009. Experts generally agree that Syria will become a net importer of petroleum by the end of the next decade. Recent developments have helped revitalize the energy sector, including new discoveries and the successful development of its hydrocarbon reserves.

According to the 2009 Syria Report of the Oxford Business Group, the oil sector accounted for 23% of government revenues, 20% of exports, and 22% of GDP in 2008. Syria exported roughly 150,000 bpd in 2008, and oil accounted for a majority of the country's export income.[6]
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