Boots and Coots prepares to attack their first oil well fire in the Rumaila field after a delay of a week due to security, sandstorms, and bureaucracy problems. All of their new equipment (including bulldozers and trucks) was flown in from Texas on large Russian cargo planes (AN-124s). The men and equipment were in place waiting in Kuwait months before the US invasion in March. The Rumaila field is one of Iraq's biggest oil fields with five billion barrels in reserve. Rumaila is also spelled Rumeilah.
- ©Peter Menzel, www.menzelphoto.com
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