The KRG has begun sending crude to Turkey in exchange for refined products, as the oil conflict with Baghdad heats up.

Kurdistan begins independent crude exports

Kurdistan begins independent crude exports
Trucks at the weighing station before loading crude at Gulf Keystone's Shaikan extended well test production facility in Iraq's Kurdistan region. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has begun exporting crude oil to Turkey, receiving limited diesel and kerosene to feed power plants in a significant barter exchange, breaching Baghdad's claim to export sovereignty.The independent fuel trade violates the central government's claims of sole authority over crude exports, and represents an escalation in the ongoing conflict between Kurdistan and Baghdad over how to balance the powers of the state.The central government has not forma...

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