A farmer inspects the palm trees belonging to a Kuwaiti investor Abdel-Aziz al-Babtain, in the port city of Basra, Iraq May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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On a former battlefield of the 1991 Gulf War, deep in Iraq's southern desert, a Kuwaiti investor is looking to grow 100,000 date palms and build a natural reserve complete with ostriches and deer. Few Kuwaiti firms have returned to do business in Iraq since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of its smaller neighbor and its U.N.-led liberation a year later.Iraq once produced three-quarters of the world's output of dates but now accounts for 5 percent after decades of conflict, despite being home to 350 types of date trees.There is only one other Kuwaiti investor in Basra, involved in a shopping mall, Ghasseb said.A third of Kuwaitis are Shiites.
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