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Iraq Controls Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds agreed to let the central government in Baghdad control the amount and quality of crude they export as well as manage revenue from its sale, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said. The Kurdistan Regional Government will export oil using a metering system operated by the Oil Ministry in Baghdad, Luaibi told a news … Continue reading »

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Iraq, Kurds Close to Deal on Oil Exports, Revenue

(Reuters) – Iraq and northern Kurdistan appear to have found a formula that will allow the autonomous region to export oil to Turkey in a new pipeline, a step towards resolving a long-running dispute over land and oil rights. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday an agreement over oil exports and revenue sharing could be reached this … Continue reading »

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Leak Halts North Iraq Oilfield Output, exports to Turkey Not Affected

(Reuters) – Oil production from a major oilfield near Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk was completely halted on Saturday after a pipeline leak, but exports to Turkey were not affected, according to oil officials. The leak occurred in an ageing section of a pipeline carrying crude from Bai Hassan oilfield, which produces around 150,000 barrels per day … Continue reading »

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Kurdish leader makes historic Turkish visit

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/kurdish-leader-makes-historic-turkey-visit-201311208312697500.html It was a breakthrough moment: Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, shouting messages of peace to thousands of spectators. It was an emotionally momentous day for Turkish Kurds for another reason as well. Iconic … Continue reading »

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In Southern Iraq, Basra Threatens Autonomy

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Local authorities in Iraq’s southern Basra province have threatened to break away from the central government in Baghdad and create an autonomous region of their own. The warning comes as the country is grappling with increasing violence and Baghdad is failing to deliver basic services to the province. In the north, … Continue reading »

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In Iraq, a Day of Religious Observance, and of Blood

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/world/middleeast/iraq.html?_r=0 BAGHDAD — A wave of attacks against Shiite Muslims in Iraq killed at least 47 people and wounded dozens on Thursday, security officials said, as they were marking the holy day of Ashura, which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, 1,300 years ago. In the worst violence, 35 … Continue reading »

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Bombings target Iraq police, pilgrims; killing 19

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/13/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE9AC0DA20131113 (Reuters) – At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which coincided with the holy ritual of Ashura, when Shi’ites commemorate Imam Hussein … Continue reading »

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Angry Shi’ites Storm Schlumberger Camp at Iraq’s Rumalia Oilfield

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/iraq-energy-idUSL5N0IW3TR20131111 Nov 11 (Reuters) – Dozens of angry Shi’ite Muslim workers and tribesmen stormed aSchlumberger Ltd camp at one of Iraq’s main oilfields and wrecked offices early on Monday after accusing a foreign security adviser of insulting their religion, police and employees at the field said. Oil officials and workers at the Schlumberger drilling site in Rumaila North … Continue reading »

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Maliki: US Meditating Between Iraq and Saudi Arabia

The United States is mediating to repair ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a televised address on Saturday. “There is an American role and mediation to restore relations between the two countries; Yes that is what they [Americans] are doing now and have tried before,” Maliki said. “We … Continue reading »

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Iraq-Turkey Pipeline Capacity Increase Near Completion

  Work to increase the capacity of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan crude pipeline from Iraq to Turkey will be completed within months, according to a Turkish government official. Daily flows through the link will rise by about 100,000 to 200,000 barrels a day, from the current rate of 300,000 to 400,000 barrels, when improvements to pumping station … Continue reading »

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