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Oil Corruption Scandal in Iraqi Kurdistan


Few business deals — especially in the Iraqi Kurdistan oil industry — occur without a significant kickback or shadow partner among the Barzanis, Talabanis, or their close aides. This is one of the reasons why it is so unseemly that so many former U.S. officials have sought to transform their Kurdish contacts into personal financial windfalls.

Now, a scandal has erupted after shareholders exposed a secret deal between the Norwegian oil firm DNO and the Kurdistan Regional Government, which show a significant payoff to the KRG’s oil minister. Here.


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