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Iraq finishes 2018 with record-breaking exports

Federal Iraq posted its highest monthly export total to date in December and, combined with Kurdistan, set a nationwide annual record.
An Iraqi worker gestures as he kisses an oil pipeline at one of the Fakka wells in Missan province on December 25, 2009 during a short-lived dispute when Iranian security forces took over part of the field (ATEF HASSAN/Reuters)

Iraq's oil sector finished its most prolific year in history with a record-setting month of exports.

The federal government and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) combined for a total of 4.159 million barrels per day (bpd) of exports in December * - more than 100,000 bpd above the previous high-water mark, set in December 2016.

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