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Business as usual at Iran-Iraq border crossing as US sanctions take effect

By Associated Press 7/11/2018
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As Bashmakh border gate in Sulaimani province, a major trade route linking Iraq and Iran, commerce continues as normal despite the resumption of tough US sanctions on Tehran. 

Iraq imports fuel from Iran. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) meanwhile exports around 30,000 barrels of oil to Iran per day.

Although Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, did not name Iraq among the eight countries given a waiver to continue buying oil from Iran, special dispensations appear to have been made.

At this border crossing, opened in 2003 under KRG control, nothing has changed. 

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