Rosneft moves into Kurdistan with oil deal for five blocks

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

On Oct. 16, the Iraqi Armed Forces took full control of Kirkuk.

A source from the Iraqi Security Forces has told Sputnik that Daesh militants have taken advantage of the political crisis between Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Erbil, and have freely advanced into recently liberated villages in Kirkuk province.

On Tuesday night, after the military operation concluded, Mr Abadi said the referendum was "a thing of the past" and offered "dialogue under the constitution". It is thought to have a Kurdish majority but its provincial capital has large Arab and Turkmen populations.

The KRG, emboldened by the success of nascent crude exports, held a referendum on September 25 that overwhelmingly favoured independence from Baghdad.

Noting the importance of losing Kirkuk for Iraqi Kurdistan, Reformist Shargh daily wrote October 17, "One of the main points of dependency for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan was Kirkuk's oil-rich region because the Kurdistan region has no access to free waters and there is little potential for sustainable revenues for them".

The “attack” on Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk by Iraqi troops is “a flagrant declaration of war against the nation of Kurdistan, ” the Peshmerga General Command said in a statement earlier, as cited by Rudaw.

The court charged the Kurdish official with contravening article 226 of the Iraqi penal code-publicly insulting a public institution-and accused him of inciting violence against Iraqi forces.

The offence can carry a jail term of up to seven years or a fine.

Rosneft and the Government of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq signed the documents required to put into force Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) with respect to five production blocks located in the Kurdish Autonomous Region. However, the warrant could prevent Mr Rasul leaving the country.

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