November 28, 2008
Iraqi Kurds approved to export oil
An Iraqi government official said Kurds in the province of Dahouk have been granted permission to export crude oil to international markets.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain Shahristani visited the region recently, after which ministry spokesman Asem Jihad said the Kurds had permission to ship oil to Turkey using a twin Iraqi pipeline.
Azzaman said the Kurdish enclave in Iraq includes billions of barrels in three provinces: Dahouk, Arbil and Sulaimaniya.
Kurds are also interested in annexing the province of Kirkuk, where reserves are estimated at more than 15 billion barrels, the newspaper said.