File - Baghdad maintains that the Kurdish region’s energy deals to export its oil are illegal.
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Baghdad launched legal action against Ankara Friday after oil from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was exported to international markets without the cental government's consent, potentially worsening already-poor ties between the neighbors.Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters earlier that shipments of oil pumped from the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq and stored in Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan began Thursday night.Ties between Iraq and Turkey, which had been on the upswing as recently as 2010, have since dramatically worsened with the ICC case likely to damage fledgling efforts to improve them.The two countries differ in particular over the Syrian conflict as well as Turkey's dealings with Iraq's Kurdistan region.
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