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In Iraqi Kurdistan, Momentum Builds for an Iranian Pipeline

Apr 14, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Engineers survey Tawke oil field in the Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan, about 400 kilometers north of Baghdad. In the absence of a taxable economy, Kurdistan relies almost exclusively on oil revenue to survive.
Engineers survey Tawke oil field in the Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan, about 400 kilometers north of Baghdad. In the absence of a taxable economy, Kurdistan relies almost exclusively on oil revenue to survive.
(MUHANNAD FALA'AH/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurdistan has long smuggled oil exports through Iran without Baghdad's blessing and without a pipeline to carry them. Over the past few months, though, solutions to the latter impediment have been gaining traction. On March 10, Iran's consul general in Sulaimaniyah said Tehran would soon award a tender for the construction of a pipeline that would enable the KRG to export its oil from Iranian ports in the Persian Gulf. ...

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