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A hand painted sign just across the Kuwait border in Iraq. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Many of the wells are 10,000 feet deep and produce huge volumes of oil and gas under tremendous pressure, which makes capping them very difficult and dangerous. Smoke from one of the burning oil wells can be seen in the distance. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.

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A hand painted sign just across the Kuwait border in Iraq. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Many of the wells are 10,000 feet deep and produce huge volumes of oil and gas under tremendous pressure, which makes capping them very difficult and dangerous. Smoke from one of the burning oil wells can be seen in the distance. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.