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Aug 28, 2014

Exclusive: Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 8 million barrels

ANKARA (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

The 11th tanker sailed from the port on Thursday, a Turkish official said, with the Kurdistan Regional Government now using a number of smaller tankers as well as its original 1 million barrel carriers to evade Baghdad’s efforts to block the sales.

Aug 28, 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 8 million barrels

ANKARA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over
8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since
May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region
employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in
defiance of Baghdad.

The 11th tanker sailed from the port on Thursday, a Turkish
official said, with the Kurdistan Regional Government now using
a number of smaller tankers as well as its original 1 million
barrel carriers to evade Baghdad’s efforts to block the sales.

Aug 26, 2014

Smugglers and Kurdish militants help Iraq’s Yazidis flee to Turkey

SILOPI Turkey (Reuters) – Sewra was terrified of being caught by Turkish soldiers as she, her children and grandchildren inched their way through Iraq’s mountainous border region, fleeing an Islamist militant onslaught by cover of darkness.

The 56-year-old and her family, among tens of thousands of Yazidis uprooted by Islamic State militants, paid $500 to an Iraqi man with relatives in Turkey who said he could get them over the border to safety without passports or visas.

Aug 21, 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil pipeline to Turkey resumes after upgrade -sources

DUHOK, Iraq/ANKARA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Crude oil flow on
Iraqi Kurdistan’s pipeline to Turkey has resumed after upgrade
work was completed and is now running at an increased rate of
200,000 barrels per day (bpd), industry sources and Turkish
officials told Reuters on Thursday.

“The system has been tested and approved. The flow has
resumed, pumping at a rate of 200,000 bpd,” one industry source
familiar with the matter said.

Aug 19, 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan oil pipeline export capacity to double

DUHOK, Iraq/ANKARA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The capacity of Iraqi
Kurdistan’s independent oil pipeline will almost double to at
least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month, helping
the semi-autonomous region increase exports and revenue,
industry sources and officials said.

Oil revenues are a lifeline for the Kurdish Regional
Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, whose peshmerga forces are
being supported by U.S. air strikes in their battle against the
radical Sunni militants of Islamic State.

Aug 19, 2014

‘No’ from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) – When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda.

The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village’s leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith.

Aug 19, 2014

Exclusive: Capacity to double on Iraqi Kurdistan oil pipeline – sources

DUHOK Iraq/ANKARA (Reuters) – The capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan’s independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month, increasing the semi-autonomous region’s exports and revenue, industry sources and officials said.

Oil revenues are a lifeline for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, whose peshmerga forces are being supported by U.S. air strikes in their battle against the radical Sunni militants of Islamic State.

Aug 19, 2014

Capacity to double on Iraqi Kurdistan oil pipeline -sources

DUHOK, Iraq/ANKARA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The capacity of Iraqi
Kurdistan’s independent oil pipeline will almost double to at
least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month,
increasing the semi-autonomous region’s exports and revenue,
industry sources and officials said.

Oil revenues are a lifeline for the Kurdish Regional
Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, whose peshmerga forces are
being supported by U.S. air strikes in their battle against the
radical Sunni militants of Islamic State.

Aug 18, 2014

Yazidis haunted by cries for help as militants bury victims alive

DAYRABUN Iraq (Reuters) – Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can’t focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind.

Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die.

Aug 18, 2014

Kurds push to drive militants from Mosul Dam with U.S. air support

DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq’s largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country’s north, officials said.

Islamic State militants have seized several towns and oilfields as well as Mosul Dam in recent weeks, possibly giving them the ability to flood cities or cut off water and electricity supplies.