Iraqi Kurdistan announced it has shipped over eight million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad, Reuters reported. The 11th tanker sailed from the port on Thursday, a Turkish official said, with the Kurdistan Regional Government now using a number of smaller tankers as well as its original 1 million barrel carriers to evade Baghdad’s efforts to block the sales. “The latest tanker carrying 250,000 barrels has just departed Ceyhan and the total amount shipped through the port has exceeded 8 million barrels,” a Turkish official said. The latest shipments are likely to further infuriate Baghdad, which disputes the autonomous region’s right to export oil independently of central government. Total shipments of more than 8 million barrels are much higher than previously reported.
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