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Iraqi forces this week reclaimed a string of major oil fields around the city of Kirkuk that the Kurds seized in 2014 during the chaos of Daesh's (ISIS) rampage across the country.The six fields taken back around Kirkuk should produce some 340,000 barrels daily.From the 1980s until the arrival of IS in 2014, Baghdad was sending up to 400,000 barrels of black gold to Turkey each day through a 970-kilometer pipeline via the Faysh Khabur border crossing.It was never implemented as Baghdad lost control of the fields to Kurdish forces the following year.After its seizure of Kirkuk, Baghdad Thursday condemned a $400-million production sharing agreement the Kurds inked with Russian giant Rosneft, insisting it has to okay all deals from now on.
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