Kurdish rebels step up hostilities with Turkey pipeline attack

Kurdish independence group claims an attack in Turkish territory on the Iraq-Turkey pipeline is response to unresolved and escalating tension.
Kurdish rebels step up hostilities with Turkey pipeline attack
Kurdish guerrilla fighter of the PKK in the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq. For decades, the PKK has been in armed conflict with the Turkish government over Kurdish rights and identity in Turkey. (DANIEL SMITH/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has claimed official responsibility for bombing a section of Iraq's secondary oil export pipeline in southeastern Turkey, in a show of force that highlights how Iraq’s unresolved political conflicts continue to complicate oil development.

Pumping has resumed from Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan through a standby pipeline, said an official with Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC). Meanwhile, a Turkish technical team is repairing the damage caused by last weekend’s attack.

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