Politics, oil and Kurdistan’s bid for independence

Kurdistan’s referendum has put it at odds with other actors in the region, which could leave it struggling with oil sales and exports Kurdistan’s referendum has put it at odds with other actors in the region, which could leave it struggling with oil sales and exports.
By The Wildcat 28 September 2017 0 27761
A photo of the Atrush oilfield in Iraqi Kurdistan. The Atrush oilfield in Iraqi Kurdistan. (TAQA)

Iraqi Kurdistan’s bid for independence has re-opened old wounds with Baghdad and Ankara, and this could affect oil and gas development and exports in the semi-autonomous region. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced on Wednesday that nearly 93% of voters in Monday’s referendum voted in favour of independence. On the same day, Iraq’s parliament asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send troops to Kirkuk, a disputed area between Baghdad and Erbil, to seize control of all oil and gas fields in the Kurdish region. It is...

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