WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The August military confrontation between Georgia and Russia has highlighted the vulnerability of the West's prize project to bring Caspian oil westward, the $3.6 billion, 1,092-mile Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. On Aug. 5, BTC exports were halted by a mysterious explosion, temporarily halting Azeri oil exports. Despite the pipeline's vulnerability, Kazakhstan has now decided to use the BTC to transport limited amounts of crude from its Tengiz field westward.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Awash in oil revenues, the Kazakh government is now to spend some of its lucre on a pressing defense need that its military planners have overlooked since independence in 1991 -- a navy.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- As Washington, Baghdad and Ankara intensively seek a last-minute diplomatic solution to Turkey's intention to invade Iraqi Kurdistan to deal a decisive blow to Kurdistan Workers Party guerrillas, the ominous consequences of an invasion are becoming clearer.
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