Maliki to IOCs: us or them

The Iraqi prime minister has sent clear messages to ExxonMobil -- and other companies -- threatening retaliation against controversial deals with Kurdistan.
Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Barham Salih gives a keynote speech at the first CWC Kurdistan oil and gas conference in Erbil, Nov. 13, 2011. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Iraq's central government indicated Sunday it will make an example of ExxonMobil by punishing the company for signing deals with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's spokesman in Baghdad, Ali Musawi, accused ExxonMobil of violating Iraqi law and breaching its West Qurna 1 contract when the company signed production sharing contracts (PSCs) with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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