Rockets on Erbil were launched near Kurdistan oil operations

The Sept. 30 rocket attack near the Erbil airport highlights the reach of rogue militant groups and the risks they pose to the investment climate in both federal Iraq and Kurdistan.
The town of Bashiqa, in Ninewa province, stands at the foothills of Bashiqa Mountain. In the foreground are restored Yazidi temples, which were destroyed when IS controlled the town between 2014 and 2016. (SAMYA KULLAB/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Militant groups launching attacks on U.S. positions around Iraq are within rocket range of several exploration blocks that the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is developing with international oil companies.

Multiple rockets that landed near the Erbil airport complex last Wednesday were fired from an area of eastern Ninewa province that used to be part of the KRG's Hamdaniya exploration block, which is 10 miles from the Banan field production site, operated by Canada's* Oryx Petroleum, and 15 miles from the Bashiqa block, under development by Norway's DNO and U.S. supermajor ExxonMobil.

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