Iraq and BP sign deal to boost Kirkuk crude output

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Thursday to boost production capacity at its northern Kirkuk oilfields, the country’s oil ministry said in a statement The oilfields were taken back under Baghdad’s control last October after Iraqi government forces dislodged Kurdish fighters from the area. Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi and BP’s president for the Middle East region, Michael Townshend, attended the signing ceremony at the Kirkuk office of the Iraqi state-run ...

Iraq to export Kirkuk oil to Iran before end-January

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Iraq will start exporting oil from the northern Kirkuk fields to Iran before the end of January, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters on Sunday in Baghdad. About 30,000 barrels per day of crude will be trucked to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery in the first instance, he said. “God willing, we will start before the end of the month,’’ he added. Trucking crude to Iran comes under a swap agreement announced last month by the two countries to allow a resumption of ...

Iraq plans new Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Iraq on Sunday invited companies to submit statements of interest in building a new pipeline from the northern city of Kirkuk to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.The new 350-kilometer pipeline will carry up to one million barrels a day, the state-run Oil Projects Company said. A 305-kilometer gas pipeline to feed pumping stations, tanks and other service installations will be included in the project, it said.The new line will be built alongside an existing 1.6 million barrel-per-day ...

New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from ISIS that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Monday. The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken in early October, Kirkuk governor Rakan Saed said. He didn’t say when authorities will start exhuming the bodies from the mass graves. Khalaf Luhaibi, a local shepherd who led troops to the site, said ISIS used to bring captives ...

Two suicide attacks kill at least five in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Two suicide bombers struck in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding more than 20 others, police and medical sources said. The interior ministry said the attacks targeted a mosque on Atlas Street in central Kirkuk and gave an initial casualty toll of one killed and 16 wounded. It is the first such attack since the central government in Baghdad seized the oil-rich city last month from Kurdish forces, who had been controlling Kirkuk for three years ...

Kurdish journalist stabbed to death in Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk

Monday, 30 October 2017

A Kurdish video journalist with a channel backing Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader Massud Barzani was stabbed to death at his home overnight in disputed Kirkuk province, a security source said Monday.Four armed men broke into the home of Arkan Sharif, a 54-year-old journalist with Kurdistan TV, at 2:30 am (2330 GMT Sunday) in the Daquq area south of Kirkuk city, the source said.Sharif, a father of three, was stabbed five times after his family were locked up in another room, the source said. Iraqi ...

Iraqi Kurdistan leader Barzani will hand over presidential powers on Nov. 1

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan’s veteran leader Masoud Barzani will not extend his presidential term beyond Nov. 1, a Kurdish government official said on Saturday. His decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a crisis for Iraq’s Kurds who had been enjoying a period of unprecedented autonomy. A plan to divide up the president’s powers was outlined in a letter Barzani sent to the Kurdish parliament on Saturday, the official told Reuters. The ...

Nearly 30,000 Kurds displaced from city near Kirkuk: Aid groups

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Nearly 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk where sectarian tension flared after Iraqi forces took control of it, humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday. Most of those displaced from Tuz Khurmato are in need of urgent aid and staying in open shelters, officials from two international humanitarian organizations told Reuters. A third, Amnesty International, said on Tuesday that satellite images, videos, photos and dozens of ...

US urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The US State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. In a statement, it said Washington was concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri. “The reassertion of federal authority over disputed areas in no way changes their status - they remain disputed until their status is resolved in accordance with ...

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

Friday, 20 October 2017

Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad’s wishes. ...

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