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Kurds deny deal to export oil via Iraq's Somo

Kurdistan has not agreed to export crude via Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organisation (Somo), a spokesman for the autonomous region's government said on Thursday, contradicting earlier comments by a top energy official in Baghdad.

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Oil pipeline boosts Kurds in stand-off with Iraq

A new export pipeline means Iraqi Kurdistan will soon earn more from its own oil than it receives from Baghdad as a share of total Iraqi revenues, a turning point that could strengthen the region's hand in its long search for independence.

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New oil pipeline to Turkey soon say Kurds

Iraqi Kurdistan will start a new oil pipeline to Turkey within months, its energy minister said, increasing the autonomous region's control over its resources in a dispute with Baghdad and raising its exports to world markets.

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Kurdish rebels declare truce with Turkey

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group declared a "formal and clear ceasefire" with Turkey on Saturday after the rebels' jailed leader ordered an end to the decades-long armed campaign for autonomy. "S

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Kurdish crude exports may reach 20,000 bpd

Direct exports of crude oil from Kurdistan to Turkey may reach 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) in a few weeks, the chief executive of Genel Energy said, in a sign that a trade that officials in Baghdad see as illegal is set to grow.

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More Kurd troops into standoff with Iraq army

Iraq's Kurdish region has sent reinforcements to a disputed area where its troops are involved in a standoff with the Iraqi army, a senior Kurdish military official said, despite calls on both sides for dialogue to calm the situation.

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Iraq begins initial $650m oil payment to Kurds

Iraq's Finance Ministry has begun paying an initial $650 million to Iraqi Kurdistan for oil companies working in the autonomous region, Deputy Prime Minister Rosh Nuri al-Shawish told Reuters on Tuesday. Baghdad and Kurdistan

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Iraqi Kurds to sell gas directly to Turkey

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region may begin selling natural gas directly to Turkey within two years, said its energy minister, a move likely to anger the central government and further strain Baghdad's ties with Ankara. The Kurdistan R

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Kurds say Exxon still working in N Iraq

The government of Iraq's autonomous region believes Exxon Mobil has not suspended its work there, an aide to the Kurdish president said on Saturday. Iraq's oil minister said on Friday that Exxon had written to Baghdad informing it that it

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Exxon Mobil freezes deal with Kurds

Iraq’s government has received a letter from Exxon Mobil saying the US oil major had frozen its deal with the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Iraq’s Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi said. The US company had angered Baghdad by s

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