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Kirkuk oil deal with Iran delayed by security concerns
Rudaw (Kurdish) ^ | 2/26/18 | Staff

Posted on 02/26/2018 8:20:15 AM PST by mac_truck

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Security concerns have caused Iranian officials to delay the implementation of a deal to truck crude oil from Kirkuk to Iran, the head of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday.

The delay comes a day after a suicide bomber targeted a Hashd al-Shaabi office in Kirkuk and after ISIS killed two police officers at an oilfield in the province on Saturday.

“A large number of ISIS terrorists attacked a post of the oil police force near well 43 in the Khabbaz oilfield, killing two and wounding a third,” a security source told AFP.

Iraq initially announced the deal with Iran in November 2017, negotiated by Iraq’s State Organization for Marketing of Oil (SOMO), to export 30,000 barrels per day to Iran’s Kermanshah province.

Under the deal, Iraq will receive the same amount of refined oil from Iran through its southern borders.

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said last month he expected the plan to begin by the end of January. However, owing to ongoing security concerns, the plan has still not been fully implemented.

“Iran is facing some problems to implement the agreement due to security issues,” said Hamid Hosseini, the Iranian secretary-general of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria
KEYWORDS: energy; erdogan; hassannasrallah; hezbollah; hydrocarbons; iran; iraq; isis; kirkuk; kurdistan; kurds; lebanon; maga; oil; opec; receptayyiperdogan; russia; syria; turkey
For the folks keeping score at home, Hashd al-Shaabi is the Iranian paramilitary group that took control of the Kirkuk oil fields from the Iraqi Kurds back in November.
1 posted on 02/26/2018 8:20:15 AM PST by mac_truck
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To: mac_truck

Hopefully they’ll get the same treatment the Russian “paramilitary” group got last month!

2 posted on 02/26/2018 8:30:54 AM PST by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
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To: gr8eman

So you’re rooting for ISIS it.

Which western power would you suggest providing them with air support?

3 posted on 02/26/2018 8:49:53 AM PST by mac_truck (aide toi et dieu t'aidera)
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To: mac_truck

More like rooting for the Kurds. But you get style points for waving the Putin pom-poms.

4 posted on 02/26/2018 11:35:08 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: mac_truck

constant flow of fuel trucks is an easy target.
Yum yum, shoot em up.

5 posted on 02/26/2018 11:37:39 AM PST by Joe Boucher (President Trump makes obammy look like the punk he is.)
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To: mac_truck
I read the article, thanks for posting. So what's the money cycle? Kurdish crude oil to Iran,-refined oil to Iraq,- cash to Kurd province, I guess.

ISIS mucks up Kurds, Iraqis, and Iranians. Am I mistaken that Turkey is ok with that? And OK with ISIS?

I doubt there is a more convoluted diplomatic relationship in galactic history than the 'middle east'.

6 posted on 02/26/2018 12:13:09 PM PST by existtoexcel
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To: dirtboy
More like rooting for the Kurds.

The Kurds have ceded control of Kirkuk and the surrounding area back to the Iraqi government and aren't in conflict with the Shia militias protecting the oil fields.

So it's more like rooting against the Kurds to have ISIS reinsert itself into the region. Its also against American interests to destabilize the Kirkuk area, which is where the Peshmurga live and is still part of Iraq.

7 posted on 02/26/2018 4:41:14 PM PST by mac_truck (aide toi et dieu t'aidera)
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