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Kurdistan

KRG condemns PKK strike on key oil pipeline

By Rudaw 31/7/2015
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) logo.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) logo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Friday harshly condemned the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attack on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports crude from the Kurdistan Region to Turkey.     

In a statement, the KRG cabinet condemned the PKK's recent attack on the Kurdistan oil pipeline in Sirnak in the southeast of Turkey. It described the attack an attempt to discredit Kurdish people in the Kurdistan region.  

“Baghdad budget impasse and ongoing fight against Islamic State (ISIS) have impoverished Kurdish people and KRG in Kurdistan. This oil pipeline is the only source of the livelihood of people in Kurdistan region and more than 1.8 million refugee and IDPs in the region,” the statement read.

The KRG statement identified the Ceyhan pipeline as the major source to a resource-constrained region of Kurdistan and described the pipeline crucial source for Peshmerga that is battling the terror group of ISIS.  

A similar attack targeted the Turkey-Iran natural gas pipeline on Tuesday in Agri, a Kurdish province of Turkey on the border with Iran.

On Wednesday, the official website of the armed wing of the PKK in Turkey, the People’s Protection Forces (HPG), claimed its forces had carried out a sabotage operation against the pipeline in the area between Silopi and the Cizre district, both in Sirnak, where the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline passes. 

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Rafi | 31/7/2015
I am from Iraqi Kurdistan and I am happy to see this. It makes me sick to see Turkey at war with our brothers in arms and certain Kurdish leaders are worried about oil pipeline with the enemy that condemned Iraqi Kurdistan until late 2000s? What a pathetic "unity". This is a opportunity for a greater Kurdistan. We got Northern Iraq, Northern Syria, and now, South East Turkey is on the verge of a civil war. Let's hop on this opportunity! F Turkey.
Kandil | 31/7/2015
PKK has declared all out war on Turkey and Erdogan, the only language they understand, Erdogna doesn't respect NO agreements and his signature is just ink on a piece of paper, nothing else
Wtf | 31/7/2015
You can Condemn PKK so easily, but when it comes to Turkey you are "sad" What an joke
firat | 31/7/2015
The PKK most probably sees making oil deals with Turkey whatever the cost as something traitorous towards the kurds who were massacred by the turks and still are continued to do so. We are basicly supplying the country who states there was never and never will be a Kurdistan in Turkeys watch. Im sure the KRG can gain large money from exporting elsewhere plus Kurdistan has the most fertile lands in the middle east.
zk | 31/7/2015
PKK is nothing but a terrorist group on the payroll of Outsiders. It has nothing to do with welfare of the Kurdish people.

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