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Iraq files case against Turkey over Kurdish oil exports

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Baghdad launched legal action against Ankara Friday after oil from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was exported to international markets without the cental government's consent, potentially worsening already-poor ties between the neighbours. 

Balloons are released during the official opening of the Khurmala oilfield just south of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil, 310 km north of Baghdad July 18, 2009

The sudden decision to call for arbitration by Iraq, which came after shipments began on Thursday evening, is the latest move in a years-long row in which Baghdad has insisted it has the sole right to export Iracaught itqi crude.

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