Skip to comments.Kirkuk oil deal with Iran delayed by security concerns
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 Iraqs State Organization for Marketing of Oil (SOMO), to export 30,000 barrels per day to Irans 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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Hopefully they’ll get the same treatment the Russian “paramilitary” group got last month!
So you’re rooting for ISIS now...got it.
Which western power would you suggest providing them with air support?
More like rooting for the Kurds. But you get style points for waving the Putin pom-poms.
constant flow of fuel trucks is an easy target.
Yum yum, shoot em up.
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'.
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.