Iran, Iraq And Turkey Unite To Block Iraqi Kurdistan Government Oil Export

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Iran, Iraq And Turkey Unite To Block Iraqi Kurdistan Government Oil Export

A flame rises from a chimney at Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, August 16, 2014. Picture taken August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Baghdad, Tehran, and Ankara are taking action against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the independence referendum, Rudaw reports.

“In the case of northern Iraq, Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on a return flight on Thursday after a visit to Tehran, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) produces around 600,000 bpd of crude oil, or about 15 percent of Iraq’s total output. KRG exports the oil to international markets through a pipeline to Turkey’s Ceyhan port. Both Turkey and Iran had previously threatened to close their borders and impose sanctions on oil exports in the aftermath of the referendum, fearing separatist unrest in their own Kurdish minorities.

The Kurdistan independence referendum took place on September 25. Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence, defying the central government in Baghdad as well as neighboring Turkey and Iran.

Backed by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish leadership cancel the result of the referendum or face the prospect of sanctions, international isolation and military intervention.

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  • Rafik Chauhan

    TURKEY AND IRAQ SHOULD START OPERTION IN NORTHEN IRAQ TO CUT OF IRAQI KURDISTAN FROM SYRIAN KURDS TERRIOTRY. BCUZ KURDISTAN WILL KEEP GETTING ARMS AND WEOPEONS FROM US TROUGH THAT BOREDER OF TURKEY IN THE NAME OF FIGHTING ISIL AND WILL SUPPLY KURDISTAN . AND ISRAEL HAS BIG HANDS IN THIS MAY THEY WILL TRY AND SELL OIL TROUGH THAT AREA USING TURKEY BORDER. CUT OF IRAQI KURDISTAN BORDER WITH SYRIA TURKEY AND IRAQ SHOUILD DO NOW

    • Solomon Krupacek

      slow down with new foreign troops

  • χρηστος

    well i read that Russia has made a huge deal to buy the Kurdish oil and export it to Germany. then refined it will be sold in Europe. so im curious about that.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      iF iraq does not allow, russia can do nothing.

      • χρηστος

        they will find a way for ebveryone to be happy trust me.

    • Rodger

      It will just be ‘Kurdish’ oil from Siberia or Iran.

      • χρηστος

        i see your point

    • Justin

      there is only one problem with that assumption!
      How would the Kurds or Russia get the oil out of the country?
      Fly it out? hahaha!

      • χρηστος

        thats my question as well.and its not an asumption its a known fact. thats why Russia is the only country involved there that isnt mentioned in the article…iraq, iran and turkey only?guess why…..i tink that in the end the Kurds will not go through with their independence……or they will regret it

        • dutchnational

          My guess would be they will settle for a confereration for a limited time period, say 10 to 15 years.

          It would limit the powers of Baghdad over KRG to a minimum and Baghdad would be on “good behaviour” during that time.

          At the end, most likely, there will be a new referendum on independence and, as part of a confederation, KRG is then a sovereign country, they can legally declare independence, if they still want it, which maybe they will not.

    • Justin

      If its a “known fact” please send me a link to the fact!
      Id love to read it!