The SCF Altai tanker has anchored near Israel's Ashkelon port June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
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Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload its first cargo of disputed crude oil in Israel from its new pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq's central government has threatened legal action against any buyer.The SCF Altai tanker was anchored near Israel's Ashkelon port early Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said. Securing the first sale of oil from its independent pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan is crucial for the Kurdish Regional Government as it seeks greater financial independence from war-torn Iraq.The first tanker of its pipeline oil is still homeless after loading in May.The United Emblem was the second tanker to load crude at Ceyhan from the KRG pipeline at the start of last week.
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