A section of an oil refinery is guarded as it is brought on a lorry to the Kawergosk Refinery, some 20 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq July 14, 2014. (AFP)
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Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has begun to pump oil from Kirkuk fields previously controlled by Iraq's central government into the pipeline system that runs in its own territory, a senior Iraqi oil official said Thursday.Kurdish forces took control of Kirkuk a month ago, making good on a longtime territorial claim to the city, after Iraqi troops left in the face of a lightning assault by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) insurgents, who have seized large parts of northern and western Iraq, but not threatened well-defended Iraqi Kurdistan.
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