ExxonMobil has shown an interest in drilling for oil and gas in Afghanistan, and more top energy companies are likely to head to that region, according to a Reuters report. The U.S. government has said the country likely holds just a fraction of the reserves of other Middle East producers. Yet it is largely unexplored, and simply attracting the attention of Irving-based Exxon Mobil is likely to turn heads toward Afghanistan. Exxon was one of eight firms that this month expressed interest in an oil and gas auction of six blocks in the Afghan-Tajik basin.

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