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Iraq accuses ISIS of smuggling oil to export markets

A chimney at an oil field in Sheikhan, northeast of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq and near the Kurdish city of Dohuk August 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

BAGHDAD: Iraq said Wednesday it was troubled by reports that Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants were smuggling oil to export markets and warned the purchase of such supplies could help the group fund its operations.

Iraq reiterated that only the Ministry of Oil was authorized to carry out sales - an apparent swipe at the Kurdish region - and buyers who dealt with other parties risked punishment such as sanctions.

ISIS has seized five oil fields in the north since it arrived in June from Syria, prompting Iraq's U.S.-funded soldiers to flee.

 

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