Baghdad silent, US pans new KRG deals with American oil firms

Deals with Marathon and Murphy the first of expected Iraqi Kurdistan oil deals that have US worried about reconciliation and Baghdad unusually quiet amidst government formation talks.
DNO workers at the Tawke oil field in May 2010. The field is exporting as much as 70,000 bpd, but is curtailed by a political dispute over the legality of DNO's deal with the KRG.(BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government has signed at least five deals with two big American oil companies, asserting its oil autonomy as the central government, usually a vocal critic, is hushed to avoid upsetting coalition talks eight months after a disputed national election.

The U.S. government, which has regularly condemned the KRG's now more than 30 deals for what it views as furthering the Kurd-Baghdad divide over oil development and other constitutional issues, also warned Marathon.

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