Iraq threatens to seize oil shipments, sue dealers

Updated 11 January 2013
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Iraq threatens to seize oil shipments, sue dealers

BAGHDAD: Iraq is threatening to seize oil exports made without its consent and sue companies dealing in what it sees as contraband crude just days after the country’s self-rule Kurdish region began unilaterally exporting oil.
A spokesman for Iraq’s Kurdish region confirmed Friday that the largely autonomous territory has begun shipping oil to Turkey in the past few days. Safeen Dizayee declined to say how much was being hauled into Turkey by truck, but said it is “more than a few tankers a day.”
The move appears to have triggered Baghdad’s threat. A statement quietly posted Thursday on the website of the State Oil Marketing Organization warns that Iraq may confiscate what it sees as contraband oil cargoes and sue sellers, buyers and companies that transport the crude.


Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

Updated 3 min 56 sec ago
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Douma safe for press visits, not safe for UN chemical inspectors

LONDON: Journalists working in Syria’s capital Damascus were treated to an organized visit to the opposition enclave of Douma.
Members of the press toured and photographed deserted areas of Douma which has been held by opposition groups for the last seven years. The government invited international news agencies to tour the devastated neighborhood of Damascus that witnessed the birth of the revolution against Assad’s rule in 2011.
Chemical weapons inspectors meanwhile are still awaiting the green light to access areas where chemical attacks were carried out on the 7th April, and which led to the evacuation of fighters and their families to the north of the country as part of a deal to evacuate the enclave.