Fires flare off the gas from in Kirkuk, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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Iraq wants the Kurdistan region to stop independent crude exports and to hand over sales operations to the Iraqi state-oil marketer SOMO, the company's director said Thursday.About 530,000 barrels per day (bpd) used to arrive in Ceyhan via the pipeline until mid-October, of which about half came from the Kurdistan Regional Government's oilfields and the rest from Kirkuk, a disputed province claimed by both the Kurdish region and Iraqi authorities in Baghdad.Yasiri expected an old pipeline that bypasses most of the Kurdistan region to resume operation in three months.
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