PUK faction seizes more Kirkuk energy infrastructure

"Black Force" special police took over the North Gas Company headquarters Sunday, and continue to occupy the IT-1 station, as tensions over Kirkuk energy resources escalate.
PUK faction seizes more Kirkuk energy infrastructure
Aso Almany, the leader of the "Black Force" special police and head of the PUK's office in Kirkuk, speaks at a press conference on March 5, 2017. He is flanked by Shwan al-Daoudi (left), Rebouar Taha (right), and Biston Zangana (far right). (KAMARAN AL-NAJAR/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - An armed faction within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) political party has seized a second key piece of Kirkuk-area energy infrastructure - further escalating a showdown over control of the province's oil and gas resources.

The so-called "Black Force" special police unit occupied the headquarters of the North Gas Company (NGC) on Sunday, three days after taking over the IT-1 compound, which is a hub for gathering and pumping oil produced in eastern Kirkuk province.

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