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Iraq's oil minister said the nation's crude exports would accelerate next month, adding to signs that violence in the country's north is not affecting the oil-rich south.Luaibi said exports averaged over 2.5 million barrels a day this month, but did not make an estimate for July.Baiji has been shut since June 15 after Sunni insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria tried to seize the 310,000 barrels-a-day plant.The northern Kirkuk oil field is defended by troops from the self-governing Kurdistan Regional Government, which controls 45 billion barrels of crude reserves. The rest of Iraq holds 150 billion barrels in proven crude reserves.
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