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Iraq: ISIL’s Emerging Role in ITP Tapping and Smuggling Highlights New Threat

Horizon has long stressed the risk of pipeline interference of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) as a key constraint on Kurdish – and Kirkuk – oil exports. Notably, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami recently reported that the ITP was non-operational for 15% of the time in Q1 2015. One reason for this troubling level is a pattern of small but damaging attacks along the pipeline in Turkey.

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