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Sep 9, 2014

Erdogan battles “Assassins” in power struggle over Turkish courts

ISTANBUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Likening foes in the judiciary
to medieval “Assassins” betraying Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan made
one thing clear as he assumed the presidency last month: his
battle to purge their influence over the courts is far from
over.

The power struggle has transformed a judicial election next
month, normally an unassuming affair, into a key battleground.
The vote will decide the members of the High Council of Judges
and Prosecutors (HSYK), responsible for the appointments,
transfers, promotions and expulsions of the country’s top
judicial figures.

Sep 4, 2014

Oil output in Iraq’s Kirkuk slumps 90 percent

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Oil output in Iraq’s Kirkuk has slumped to 30,000 barrels a day since June, 90 percent down on earlier this year, and a federal pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan may be out of action for over a year due to sabotage, Kirkuk’s governor said on Thursday.

Islamic State (IS) fighters have seized swathes of territory in lightning offensives in the arid but oil-rich north of the country, and have repeatedly attacked oil installations.

Sep 4, 2014

Iraq’s Baiji Refinery repairs to take at least a year

ISTANBUL, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Kurdistan Regional Government’s
(KRG) Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami on Thursday said
it would take more than a year to repair the Baiji Refinery
after it was damaged in a series of attacks by Islamic State
militants since June.

The group, formerly known as ISIS, has seized vast swathes
of territory in northern Iraq in a series of offensives in
recent months, and has repeatedly tried to seize and hold the
Baiji Refinery, Iraq’s largest.

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.