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Iraqi Civilian Casualties
December 11, 2013, 07:00
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Last Chance
June 4, 2013, 10:39
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“The current talks will be the last chance,” Barzani said in an interview at his presidential office outside the Kurdish capital Arbil. “There has been a softening of their (Baghdad’s) position, but practically speaking there has been no progress”.

“Either we will be able to reach an agreement… or we will have to think of a new form of relations between the region and Baghdad,” he said, declining to elaborate.

via Iraqi Kurd leader says Baghdad talks last chance | Reuters.

What incentive do the Kurds have to stick with Baghdad?



Exxon, Chevron, Total, Statoil Stoke Fires in Kurdistan as Tony Hayward Waits for Pipe

The Kurdish region plans to increase output to 2 million barrels a day by 2019, Michael Howard, an adviser to Kurdistan Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami, said in a June 10 phone interview. It has signed energy agreements with about 50 companies and plans to increase output to 1 million barrels a day by 2015 from about 300,000 barrels a day now, he said.

Kurdish authorities recognize production-sharing agreements, which give investors a share of any oil they may produce, whereas Iraq’s Oil Ministry offers only fee-based service contracts. This has attracted interest from investors such as Norway’s Statoil ASA (STL) that are unhappy with the central government’s contract terms for exploration and production.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total SA (FP) are flouting warnings by the government against seeking separate deals with the Kurds, whom Iraq’s Oil Ministry accuses of “smuggling” oil from the country.

via Tony Hayward Loads Trucks With Kurdish Oil Awaiting Pipe: Energy – Bloomberg.



Resistance

A new fire in the North Sea; blowout in Russia; hacking in Iran; pipeline problems in Turkey; accelerated violence in South Sudan… What I miss?



Lukoil in Iraq

As Norwegian Statoil bugs out.

Lukoil aims to invest around $2 billion in the West Qurna-2 oil field in Iraq this year, Bloomberg News reports. A company spokesman told Bloomberg that $200 million was invested there in 2011.

The oil company, the largest private energy company in Russia, also announced plans to start construction on a new oil pipeline and spell out details for its drilling program.

via Lukoil unveils investment plans for Iraq – UPI.com.



Iraq demands decision from ExxonMobil
March 9, 2012, 12:15
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Kind of like the proverbial jilted lover.

“The government is waiting for Exxon’s answers to decide its final position towards the company and its deals with Kurdistan. The deadline expires in the coming few days,” Abdullah said.

Exxon Mobil late last month disclosed its plans to explore for oil in Iraq’s Kurdistan in the company’s annual report, breaking months of silence over the investment that has outraged Baghdad.

via Iraq Sets Deadline for ExxonMobil – Exploration.



Peace is the enemy
January 6, 2012, 06:55
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The bombers choice of Sadr City as a target appeared designed to cause as much rage among Iraq’s Shia majority as possible.

The district, home to more than 3m Shias, is one of the most sensitive in the country, providing many of the recruits that have served in radical militias like the Mahdi Army of Moqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand Shia cleric.

via Wave of bombings across Iraq leaves more than 70 dead – Telegraph.




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