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KRG solidifies hold on Ain Zalah

Federal authorities have no communication with the small field they once controlled, as about 2,000 bpd of production is feeding Kurdistan's export pipeline.
The final welded section of the KRG's Khurmala - Feyshkabour pipeline lies by trenching immediately south of oil storage tanks at DNO International's pumping station, 3km from the Turkey border. August 17, 2013. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) appears to be appropriating another oil field formerly controlled by Iraq's federal government – part of a controversial drive to expand control over the country's disputed territories.

The KRG has been lifting crude from the Ain Zalah field, in northwestern Ninewa province, at a rate of roughly 2,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to a worker at the field.

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