Tag Archives | Kurdish Independence

Video: Kurdistan is 'Part of Iraq' - Abadi

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi urges Kurdistan to drop any plans for independence, criticising a proposed statehood referendum.

President Barzani: Time for Kurdistan Referendum

Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani says that the time has come for the people of Kurdistan to make a decision through a referendum on their future. In a statement this week, he also criticized those who have made hostile statements about the holding of a referendum in Kurdistan. “In the last few days, a number […]

Kurdish Independence "would Help Defeat IS"

By Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Masrour Barzani: Kurdish independence would help defeat IS The war against the Islamic State (IS) is continuing full force in Iraq and Syria. And Kurds from both countries remain the most effective […]

Axeon Bought Kurdish Crude

By John Lee. Axeon Specialty Products said on Friday that it received a cargo of crude oil from of Kurdistan's Shaikan oilfield in June, despite the Iraqi government's attempts to block independent exports of crude by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The oil was delivered to the company's refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey (pictured). A […]

Kurds to Receive Military Support

By Patrick M Schmidt. Information leaked from an American official suggests that American air support may have been offered to Kurdish forces. Specialized training and armaments from America for Kurdish security forces would accompany air support. European nations have also stepped forward with other offers of military aid. An offer has also been made to […]

Another Kurdish Tanker En Route to USA

By Patrick M Schmidt. While the tanker the United Kalavryta remains outside of American territorial waters by Texas, another tanker carrying “illegal” oil from the Kurdistan region has left for New Jersey. The tanker, Minerva Joy (pictured), left the port of Dortyol in Turkey on Thursday. It has been determined that LydondellBasell purchased two tankers […]

Mystery Buyer of Kurdish Oil Revealed

After months of remaining out of public knowledge, the buyer of Kurdish oil in America has been revealed. The chemical firm LyondellBasell purchased two tankers worth of Kurdish oil in May. The shipments totaled nearly 533,000 barrels of oil and at the time did not result in any legal action. Data retrieved from the U.S. […]

KRG Challenges Texas Court

The KRG Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti Hawrami (pictured), commented today (Wednesday) on the Iraqi federal government’s petition to a US court to seize crude oil produced in the Kurdistan Region. “The KRG’s lawyers sent a letter to a court in Texas to explain the misrepresentations of the Iraqi federal government. The Iraqi federal government […]

Federal Judge Rules On Kurdish Oil

By Patrick M Schmidt. Despite a ruling yesterday that allowed United States Marshals to seize Kurdish oil onboard the United Kalavrvta, a federal judge overturned their own decision. Given the distance of the tanker from American shores, the United States Marshals could not have legally seized the cargo. The judge instead suggested that the dispute […]

Kurdish Oil Shipment Seized

By Patrick M Schmidt. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has successfully obtained the documentation needed to seize oil from the United Kalavrvta and place it under the protection of the United States Marshals. The value of the ship’s payload is approximately $100 million dollars (1.2 billion Iraqi dinars). The oil onboard had been “illegal” piped […]

Audio: Kurdistan - a State of Uncertainty

From the BBC. John McCarthy meets the Kurds of northern Iraq, a unique island of stability in a nation broken into warring fragments. He asks how a people who have been victims of abuse and atrocity for generations managed to transform their fortunes so dramatically. How did they recently gain the confidence to calmly take […]