Pipeline dispute belies bigger problems

The Kurdistan region says the North Oil Company can't keep the export line running, but Baghdad says all is well, and a dispute some thought was over is starting again.
In Kirkuk, the start of the northern Iraq export pipeline to Turkey. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Leaders in the central government and the Kurdistan region have offered conflicting explanations for recent drops in Kurdish exports - a sign that broader disagreements over oil policy are resurfacing.

Exports from fields administered by Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have fallen from a high of 181,000 barrels per day (bpd) in June, to zero on Sunday, and back up to 48,000 bpd Thursday, eliciting a rebuke from Baghdad.

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