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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has defended the takeover of Kirkuk and Iraq’s other key northern oil fields as a precaution against sabotage ordered by federal officials. It has now started testing a new pipeline from the Kirkuk oil field to Kurdish territory, widening the rift with Baghdad.
Should the KRG succeed in getting Kirkuk oil to market, whilst bypassing federally-controlled infrastructure, the Iraqi Kurds might achieve financial independence sooner rather than later. However, the adventure could stumble on legal, political and security hurdles.
Although details are yet unclear, several industry sources and former Iraqi officials in Erbil, Kirkuk and Baghdad tell MEES that the pipeline linking the Avana Dome with the Khurmala Dome, which lies in Kurdish territory, is now operational. (CONTINUED - 2199 WORDS)