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Iraq's Kurdistan is emerging as an important oil producer

Despite trouble on its borders, Iraq's Kurdistan plans to export 1 million barrels a day by next year

In a little under five years, Iraqi Kurdistan has gone from an oil minnow to an emerging force. Until 2009, the area under the Kurdistan Regional Governments (KRG) control hadn't exported a barrel of crude. By the end of next year, Iraq's Kurds say they will be exporting 1 million barrels a day (b/d) - an impressive feat achieved in very difficult circumstances. Just 10 years ago, this did not seem possible. Much credit must go to KRG natural resources minister Ashti Hawrami. In the face of fierce objections from Baghdad and the US, his ministry nurtured the KRG's exploration boom. But recent events, not least the rise of the Islamic State (IS) elsewhere in Iraq, have also spurred Kurdish o

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