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Iraqi Kurdish regional government's territorial control set to boost oil export autonomy, Turkish support likely to increase

18 June 2014

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The natural resources minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Ashti Hawrami, on 17 June stated that the KRG had built a new pipeline from the oil-rich disputed city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq to the independent Kurdish-controlled pipeline to Turkey.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize the control of Kirkuk where Iraqi army forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had clashes, on 13 June 2014. (PA)Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize the control of Kirkuk where Iraqi army forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had clashes, on 13 June 2014. (PA)

This followed the deployment of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk on 12 June to deter any attack by the Islamist extremist insurgents of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As ISIL progressively expands its control from Mosul to the northern cities of Tal Afar, Baiji, and Tikrit, and advances on Baghdad, the Kurdistan Region has remained comparatively secure, despite its proximity to locations of ISIL control.



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