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Buyer of Kurdish oil revealed in report

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A report Tuesday says Talmay Trading of the British Virgin Islands is scheduled to take Kurdish crude oil loaded on a tanker parked off the coast of Texas.

CNBC reports the company contracted AET Offshore Services in Dallas to unload the 1 million barrels of crude oil on board the United Kalavytra, anchored off the coast of Texas.

The vessel left the Turkish sea port of Ceyhan loaded with crude oil offloaded from storage facilities housing Kurdish crude oil. Kurdish oil shipments have sparked outrage from the federal Iraqi government in Baghdad, which says unilateral exports violate the nation’s constitution.

The semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government has defended the sales, though the U.S. State Department said it sided with Baghdad on oil export issues.

“We believe that Iraq’s energy resources belong to the Iraqi people and certainly have long stated that [exports] need to go through the central government,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said during her Monday press briefing.

The Iraqi government filed a case in a U.S. court in Texas challenging the offloading. The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas in Galveston ordered U.S. Marshals to seize the oil until the legal issues are resolved.

Neither company involved in the Kurdish oil transaction has issued statements or comments related to the legal issue.


2 Comments on "Buyer of Kurdish oil revealed in report"

  1. rockman on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 3:10 pm 

    “We believe that Iraq’s energy resources belong to the Iraqi people”: U.S. State Department spokeswoman.

    So that begs the question: who are the “Iraqi people”? Is it the Kurds who were never a part of the made up country of Iraq until some old white Brit drew a line on a blank map? Are they the Sunnis living within the line referred to as the Iraq border that the gov’t in Baghdad would rather see eradicated from the planet?

    Good to remember that at one time the US govt accepted our then ally, Saddam Hussein, as the representative of the “Iraq people”. Who were at the time the Sunnis and not the Shias in the eyes of their govt.

  2. Beery on Wed, 30th Jul 2014 8:36 pm 

    “We believe that Iraq’s energy resources belong to the Iraqi people”

    Who knew that the “Iraqi people” are, in reality, Saudi Aramco, Gazprom and Exxon Mobil!

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