Baghdad may ramp up legal challenge to Kurdish crude exports

Prime Minister Abadi orders lawyers to block any attempt by the autonomous Kurdistan region to ship oil to the United States following reports that a tanker bearing KRG crude is en route.
Baghdad may ramp up legal challenge to Kurdish crude exports
A tanker loads Kirkuk crude at the Turkish port of Ceyhan in May 2015. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's Oil Ministry and its lawyers have been told to take legal action against all crude exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), especially the tanker Neverland that appears to be heading toward the United States.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is now reconsidering his laissez faire approach to challenging KRG exports, following news of the Neverland, which Iraqi and U.S. officials said they believe – but aren't certain – is U.S.-bound.

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