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As Iraq Grapples With Bombing, Erbil Booms

A general birds-eye view shows the Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region, on 19 March 2013. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED

As central Iraq grapples with a surge in violence and a longer-term struggle to wean its economy off a dependence on oil, Abdullah Abdulkarim stands at a car dealership in the northern Kurdish city of Arbil and smiles. “Every day, things are getting better.” Abdulkarim is not the only one …

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Kurdistan Oil Pipeline To Be Completed By September

A flame rises from a pipeline at Tawke oil field near Duhok. Photo: Azad Lashkari for Reuters

A pipeline that would carry oil from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish border is scheduled for completion by October, with expectation to start exports in 2016, Kurdistan’s minister of natural resources said Wednesday. Ashti Hawrami declared in an oil conference in London that the pipeline will have an initial capacity …

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