The Tawke oil refinery in Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP Photo)
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The Iraqi government has repeatedly said oil sales bypassing Baghdad are illegal and has threatened to sue any company involved in the trade, yet Kurdish crude and light condensate oil has been sold to several European buyers. Baghdad refuses to sell oil to Israel.Israel's Energy Ministry declined to comment, saying that it did not discuss the country's sources of oil.The crude was loaded by trading company Petraco at the Delta Rubis terminal at Dortyol in Turkey, one of two ports that export Kurdish oil, the sources said.At least four cargoes laden with Kurdish crude went to Israel since the start of this year. Some Kurdish oil has also been simply stored, sources said.Geneva-based trading company Mocoh lifted Shaikan crude from Dortyol in Turkey on the Baltic Commodore, which arrived in Ashkelon in Israel on Jan. 31, market sources and ship-tracking showed.Trafigura sent a cargo of Kurdish crude to Israel on the Hope A tanker, which went first to Ashkelon and then to Haifa between Feb. 10-15 .
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