A view shows the Bai Hassan oilfield northwest of Kirkuk July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Iraq's resumption last week of oil shipments through a Kurdish-controlled pipeline bumped up its export capacity by 5 percent almost overnight.The central government in Baghdad has been locked in a dispute with the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in the north of Iraq since 2014, when the Kurds began selling their oil independently.Iraq has struggled to raise oil exports this year, due partly to its feud with the KRG, and a failure by the two sides to reach a political agreement could jeopardize the renewed shipments.Iraq is exporting 3.8 million barrels a day, including oil sold by the KRG, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday at a news conference.
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