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Iraq's Oil Ministry expressed "deep regret and astonishment" Friday over plans announced by the autonomous Kurdish region to begin piping oil to Turkey without central government approval.The ministry in a statement said the planned oil exports breached a Dec. 25 agreement between the Iraqi government and the KRG.Kurdistan's bid to sell oil and gas independently has infuriated officials in the Iraqi capital as Baghdad has long insisted that the central government would retain the sole authority over managing Iraq's energy resources.Iraq's constitution mandates that all Iraqi oil revenues go through the central government in Baghdad, and that the Kurds then receive 17 percent, although they frequently complain that they have received less than that.
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