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America and the Kurds

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The most common question asked as a regular visitor to Iraqi Kurdistan is whether it or all Kurds can, will or wish to be independent. It reflects the long struggle of the Kurds to maintain their identity in often hostile circumstances but it is looking at the issue the wrong way round.
GARY KENT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Showdown on Iraqi Kurds' oil, gas is looming

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The thorny dispute over Iraqi Kurdistan's oil riches is likely to heat up in the weeks ahead, aggravating tensions in a flashpoint region at a time when al-Qaida bombers are wreaking havoc across the country spurred by the civil war raging in next-door Syria.

Iraq mulls prospects for oil pipeline from Kurdish north to Turkey

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Building a pipeline to carry oil from the Kurdish north of Iraq to Turkey will take longer than Kurdish officials say, a Turkish Energy Ministry spokesman said.

KRG turns to oil sector for help with refugees

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it would match dollar-for-dollar contributions from the energy sector to address a growing refugee problem.

Turkey focuses on energy during Kurdish talks

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Turkish government said it discussed common interests in the regional energy sector with visiting delegates from Kurdish administration in northern Iraq.

Baghdad pays oil companies

BAGHDAD, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The semiautonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said the central government paid some of the money it owes oil companies drilling there.

Kurds in Iraq to resume oil exports

ERBIL, Iraq, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- It's time to put aside efforts aimed at "illegal centralized control" over oil and natural gas operations in Iraq, the Kurdish natural resources minister said.

Kurds eye oil pipeline to Turkey

ERBIL, Iraq, May 22 (UPI) -- Despite tensions between the Kurdish and Iraqi governments, officials at an energy summit in northern Iraq say export pipelines could reach Turkish ports.

Exxon contract holds, Kurdish leader says

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- In terms of oil, most of the statements coming out of the central government in Baghdad are "rubbish," the Kurdish natural resources minister said.

Kurds point to leaks on export pipeline

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government was falsely accused of a stoppage of oil exports from Iraq, the Kurdish minister of natural resources said.

KRG suspends DNO oil contracts

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq suspended its contracts with Norwegian oil company DNO citing "unjustifiable" harm to its reputation.

No DNO oil export permit, Iraq region says

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Kurdish region denies reports that Norwegian firm DNO received the OK to begin exporting oil, prompting speculation of a broad political deal.

Iraqi Kurds see future in gas

The oil and gas chief of Iraqi Kurdistan says the region will develop its natural gas resources to provide electricity to its residents and a planned industrial center, and in the future "export to the rest of Iraq."
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
Iraq KRG oil minister explains oil deal breakdown

Iraq KRG oil minister explains oil deal breakdown

ERBIL, Iraq, June 30 (UPI) -- The contracts have not been published, but Ashti Hawrami, Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government natural resources minister, insists everything needed to know about what's in the dozens of contracts signed between the KRG and international oil companies is in the public domain.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq Energy Roundup

The Iraqi central and Kurdish regional governments are ready to export; Iraq plans to finalize technical oil contracts by the end of June; Iraq in talks to unify oil fields with Kuwait and Iran; Iraqi crude could ease global economic woes, Indian minister says; Iraq renews 2006 oil deal with Jordan.
DANIEL GRAEBER, UPI Correspondent
Iraq federal, Kurd region oil chiefs informally agree on exports

Iraq federal, Kurd region oil chiefs informally agree on exports

FAYSH KHABUR, Iraq, June 13 (UPI) -- The pipeline that could pump northern Iraqi oil for export is nearly complete but empty, ending for now in the soil near the borders with Syria and Turkey, on the side of a dirt road.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
Iraqi Kurd oil sales, signing bonus waiting for Baghdad

Iraqi Kurd oil sales, signing bonus waiting for Baghdad

ERBIL, Iraq, June 10 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurdish region has been collecting millions of dollars in signing bonuses for 19 oil deals inked with international oil companies but is waiting for a federal revenue-sharing law before turning it over to Baghdad.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Oil talks resume in Iraq in June

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- The Iraqi central and Kurdistan regional governments will resume negotiations over the oil law and key issues in early June.

Iraq's KRG to create new Energy Ministry, Hawrami to head

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- Iraqi Kurdistan's ministries of Electricity and Natural Resources are to be merged, and current oil chief Ashti Hawrami is likely to be named minister.

DNO: Iraqi Kurd oil needs export route

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- DNO, the Norwegian oil firm with assets in Iraqi Kurdistan, says it needs a route to send the oil if it's to increase production.

Sketchy stories of Kurd-Korean oil deal

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Media reports from Seoul say Iraq's Kurds have signed deals for oil and other projects with a South Korea consortium, but details are sketchy.

Kurds in Baghdad for new oil talks

BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurdish oil leaders are in Baghdad to clear an impasse over oil control, though the national oil minister is reportedly not in town.

Iraq draft oil law becoming irrelevant

BAGHDAD, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Iraq's Kurds want to focus on reviving the country's oil law, but high-profile talks during a U.S. visit haven't forced progress as they hoped.

Iraq political fight over Kurd oil deals

BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An Iraq Oil Ministry spokesman says firms that deal with Kurds will be kept out, while a Kurdish parliamentarian calls for the minister's job.

Iraq Parliament summons oil ministers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Iraq's Parliament will hold what will surely be a contentious session on the country's oil sector, with the national and Kurdish oil ministers summoned.
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