In this Monday, July 14, 2014 file photo, a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard as new equipment arrives at Kalak refinery on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Iraqi Kurdish oil exports to world markets could remain halted for another two weeks, Turkish shipping and industry sources said Friday citing rising security threats in the country's southeast.Carrying around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan from fields in Iraq's Kurdish region and Kirkuk, the pipeline has been offline since Feb. 17 .Considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) launched a separatist armed rebellion against the Turkish state three decades ago in a conflict that killed more than 40,000 people.A Turkish shipping source said one crude tanker was due to be loaded for exports on Friday, with 375,000 barrels of Iraqi Kurdish oil from Ceyhan stocks.
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