KRG threatens export cutoff

A year-old export agreement with Baghdad appears to be going sour, as Kurdistan demands $1 billion in backlogged payments and levies allegations of missing oil.
An Iraqi oil worker walks past pressure gauges at the Anzalla oil fields October 30, 2003 in Ninewa province. (JOE RAEDLE/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Kurdistan region has threatened to end oil exports if the central government does not hand over more than $1 billion in backlogged payments – the latest flashpoint in a long-standing conflict over the distribution of state oil powers.

A year ago, Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reached a stop-gap agreement to re-start Kurdish exports, but its implementation depended on political cooperation, not the force of law. Now, that deal appears to have passed its expiration date.

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