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Iraqi Kurds Keep Pumping Oil to Turkey Amid Hostage Standoff

Crude oil is flowing to Turkey from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region at a pace of 100,000-120,000 barrels a day, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, according to state-run Anadola news agency, signaling shipments are unaffected by violence fracturing Iraq.

Iraqi Kurds began pumping oil to Turkey without authorization from the central government in Baghdad after sabotage disrupted oil flows from state facilities. The Kurdish supply has created tensions between the two neighbors, compounded by mounting sectarian violence in Iraq that has spilled over into Turkey.