Exxon Mobil's (XOM) hiring of a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq to help handle its dilemma over...

|About: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)|By:, SA News Editor

Exxon Mobil's (XOM) hiring of a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq to help handle its dilemma over whether to operate in the south of the country or honor its deals with the autonomous Kurdistan region is viewed by some as an indication it may be willing to scale down in Kurdistan. The U.S. government fears too much energy independence could precipitate a breakup of the country.