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Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan agree on major energy pipeline

Source : Agencies | 06 Nnov 2013

Iraqi Kurdistan has finalised a comprehensive package of deals with Turkey to build multi-billion dollar oil and gas pipelines to ship the autonomous region's rich hydrocarbon reserves to world markets, sources involved in talks said on Wednesday.

The deals, which could have important geo-political consequences for the Middle East, could see Kurdistan export some 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil to world markets and at least 10 billion cubic metres per year of gas to Turkey.

Turkey may teach Kurdish at public schools

Source : Agencies | 12 Jun 2012

Kurdish language classes might be included in the Turkish school system as elective courses, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has said, announcing that the government was working on a new proposal to expand the scope of Turkey's democratic initiative to give more cultural rights to the Kurds.

In remarks made on Sunday, Atalay said: “The new education package has many dimensions, including one on teaching [students'] mother tongue. We are still working on this. The prime minister will make the final announcement on this.”

Exxon's Deal with the Kurds Inflames Baghdad

by Patrick Cockburn : The Independent/UK / 09 Dec 2011

The great Iraqi oil rush has started to exacerbate dangerous communal tensions after a major oil company ignored the wishes of the central government in Baghdad and decided to do business with its main regional rival.

Turkey launches incursion into Iraq

By Selcan Hacaoglu | AP | Ankara / 19 Oct 2011

Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships reportedly launched an incursion into Iraq on Wednesday, hours after Kurdish rebels killed 26 soldiers and wounded 22 others in multiple attacks along the border.

Turkish authorities did not immediately confirm the incursion but the chief of the military as well as interior and defense ministers rushed to the border area and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled a visit to Kazakhstan.

Turkey urges Iraq to crack down on Kurdish rebels

By AP | Ankara | 13 Oct 2011

Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday that Iraq should move to prevent Kurdish attacks on his country from Iraqi soil as the two countries renewed their commitment to fight the rebels.

Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey’s patience was running out and that it was determined to eradicate the rebel threat from neighboring northern Iraq.

“We no longer have patience for terrorist activity directed toward Turkey from Iraqi soil,” Davutoglu told a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

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