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Iraq forces wrest control of two Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

The autonomous Kurdish region is already going through its worst economic crisis

AFP | PTI  |  Baghdad 

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Iraqi forces took control of the two largest fields in the disputed northern province of today dealing a heavy blow to the finances of the autonomous government.

The Kurds withdrew without a fight after federal government troops and militia seized the provincial governor's office and key military bases and fields as tensions boiled over following a vote for independence last month.


"Federal police units took control of the and Havana fields," north of the city of Kirkuk, a statement said.

technicians had halted operations at the two fields and left the wells on Monday, an ministry official in said.

The fields accounted for around 250,000 barrels per day of the 650,000 bpd that the autonomous region exported under its own auspices, outside the purview of Baghdad, and their loss is a major blow to its revenues.

The regional government took over the two fields in 2014 when federal troops withdrew in the face of the jihadists' lightning advance through areas north and west of

The autonomous region is already going through its worst economic crisis after severed its air links to the outside world and neighbouring Iran closed its border to trade in products.

lies outside the autonomous region but forms part of a swathe of historically Kurdish-majority territory that the Kurds want to incorporate in it against the wishes of

First Published: Tue, October 17 2017. 16:58 IST
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