Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: civil war, Exxon Iraq, Iraqi oil production, kurdistan, Maliki, Turkey, West Qurna, West Qurna-1, West Qurna-2
The move by Exxon to quit the West Qurna-1 oilfield in south Iraq will exacerbate tensions between Baghdad and the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region, where Exxon has signed oil deals seen as more lucrative but dismissed by the central government as illegal.
Kurdistan has upset Baghdad by signing oil deals with foreign companies including Exxon, Chevron and Total . Kurdish officials say they have the constitutional right to do so, but the central government says only it controls oil policy.
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