By John Lee.
A court in the United States has dismissed a lawsuit over a disputed cargo of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan.
The United Kalavyrta [United Kalavrvta, United Kalvrvta] (pictured) spent several months off the coast of Texas after Baghdad tried to have a U.S. court seize the oil.
Reuters reports that the case was dismissed because the vessel carrying the oil left US jurisdiction after the American buyer declined to go ahead with the deal for fear of legal repercussions; without a cargo there could be no dispute and the case was moot.
The fundamental question of whether the KRG has the right to export oil without permission from Baghdad therefore remains open.