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Iraq accuses Kurdish forces of seizing key northern oil fields

Published on Jul 11, 2014 7:21 PM
 

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq accused Kurdish peshmerga fighters of seizing two key northern oil fields near the disputed city of Kirkuk Friday, as relations between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region hit a new low.

"The oil ministry strongly condemns the seizure and control of crude oil (wells) in the Kirkuk and Bey Hassan oil fields this morning by groups of Kurdish peshmerga forces," the ministry said in a statement.

The two oil fields are said to have a combined daily output capacity of some 400,000 barrels per day, a ministry spokesman said.

Officials from the Kurdish regional government were not immediately available for comment.

 
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