File - The Kurdish region declared that it would sell its oil abroad in a symbolic show of economic independence from Baghdad.
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Italy has warned oil traders they face potential legal action from Baghdad if they buy disputed exports of crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, in the latest setback for the autonomous region in its struggle with the central government over oil sales.The Kurdish Regional Government loaded its first pipeline shipment of Kurdish oil onto the United Leadership tanker at the Turkish port of Ceyhan two weeks ago, in a move it said was designed to show Baghdad it controls its own oil sales.Italian state-backed energy major ENI SpA has a 25-year contract with Baghdad to develop the Zubair oil field, which has a production target of 850,000 barrels per day.
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