WATCHING THE WORLD: Pouring oil on rebellion

The oil and gas industry is not often thought of as a vehicle for making peace. But in Turkey these days they are thinking otherwise following the start of oil exports from Iraqi Kurdistan.One commentator said fostering ties between Turkey and Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), marked by oil exports via the Iraq-Turkey pipeline, could give Ankara an upper hand in its fight against terror.That fight is the one waged by Turkey against the outlawed Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK). According to Ankara, the PKK is a Kurdish secessionist organization that uses terrorism against civilian and military targets to achieve its political goal of an independent Kurdish state.Diplomats sa...

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