Who killed Kurdistan’s oil exports?

Secret documents illuminate the agreement that re-started Kurdistan's exports and the reasons for its collapse.
A worker controls pressure levels at the central processing facility at the Tawke oil field in Iraqi Kurdistan. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography)

BAGHDAD - When Kurdistan cut off its oil exports on April 1, the semi-autonomous region and Baghdad accused each other of breaking a January 2011 agreement that had set the framework for their cooperation.

The text of the export agreement, however, has remained secret – until now. Iraq Oil Report has obtained a copy, signed by Oil Minister Abdul Karim Luaibi and Kurdistan's Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami, and it helps shed light on the complex and murky reasons for the collapse.

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