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Kurdistan President Barzani to reap 30% net profit from Exxon Mobil oil pact

March 12, 2012

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Of the oil exploration and export profits from an oil contract between American Exxon Mobil Corporation and Kurdistan Regional Government, President Barzani is said to be collecting 30% net profit, according to a news article published by the Kurdish opposition “Kurdistan Post” paper.

Hussein Shahristani, the Iraqi oil minister, warned Exxon Mobil of trying to seal any secret deal with Kurdistan Regional Government. “Should Exon Mobile continue to overlook our demands, all its effective contract privileges will be rescinded in Basra Province”, as well, warned the oil minister.

Hamid Ali, a high-ranking KDP official in Duhok city, in Iraqi Kurdistan, revealed that President Barzani had urged the afore-cited oil company to continue its exploration and production operations and disregard Hussein Shahristani’s irrelevant rhetoric.

Myriad colossal foreign oil corporations have resumed operating in Iraqi Kurdistan. The revenues collected from oil production and export remains vague.
 Source: http://www.kurdistanpost.com/view.asp?id=68b050f0 

Exxon Mobil dispute deepens Arab-Kurd split in Iraq

By Alice Fordham and Dan MorsePublished: April 5, 2012

BAGHDAD — A controversy over oil deals in Iraq is inflaming a bitter political divide between Kurdish and Arab leaders, bringing long-running arguments over autonomy and control of resources to the fore in this oil-rich country.
The dispute’s most contested issue is a deal signed last year in which authorities in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region gave Exxon Mobil permission to explore six tracts of land. The contract infuriated leaders in Baghdad, who have never agreed on a means by which the Kurdish region can develop its resources.

A proposed hydrocarbon law regulating drilling and sales has been stalled since 2007, as Iraq’s political blocs wrestle over its terms. With improved security in Iraq since 2009, it has become increasingly possible for foreign oil companies to work here. The government in Baghdad has struck deals with international oil companies, including Exxon Mobil, that have been concentrated on oil fields in the country’s south, far from the Kurdish areas of the north.
Generally the Kurdish authorities have sold the oil and gas from their land through the government in Baghdad in exchange for an annual chunk of Iraq’s budget. But problems with the arrangement are common, and this week, the Kurdish government announced that it would suspend its exports because the government in Baghdad has not been fulfilling its obligations to pay oil companies working in Kurdish areas.
Meanwhile, there are several small companies, including the Norwegian firm DNO, that have ignored the shaky legal framework and signed deals directly with the Kurdistan regional government. The arrangements have thus far been tolerated by leaders in Baghdad. But Baghdad’s tolerance reached its limit in October when Exxon Mobil became the first company working in the south to also sign a deal with Kurdish authorities.
Adding to the sense of grievance in Baghdad, three of the six areas Exxon Mobil is set to develop are in disputed territory, which the administrations in Baghdad and the Kurdish capital of Erbil both claim.
The Exxon Mobil deal reportedly infuriated Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and left his government with a dilemma: to allow the deal to go ahead and lend legitimacy to an independent Kurdish oil market, or to expel Exxon Mobil from the giant West Qurna oil field in the south and risk losing a flagship deal.
Exxon Mobil has declined to comment on the situation.
“Exxon Mobil thought that they would do it, that the Iraqi government would decide they were too big to take on, and that a new normal would be established,” said Ali al-Saffar, an energy expert. “But given just how explosive the territories they signed on are, it was always going to be very difficult.”
Late last year, the government informed Exxon Mobil that its deal with Kurdistan violated the terms of the company’s agreement to develop West Qurna, according to Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani. But the only formal action the government has taken thus far is to prohibit the firm from participating in next month’s bidding on gas fields.
Oil ministry officials in Baghdad say Exxon Mobil informed them last month that the company was suspending its operations in the Kurdish area. But Fouad Hussein, a top Kurdish official, insisted that the company is setting up an office in Erbil and planning its operations.
Relations between Erbil and Baghdad were strained even before the controversy over the Exxon Mobil deal flared anew. Kurdish President Massoud Barzani delivered a stinging speech on Thursday in Washington that ripped into Maliki as an autocrat.
“Iraq is facing a serious crisis,” he said. He insisted that oil deals struck in the autonomous Kurdish region were legal.
For his part, Maliki has been angered by the refusal of Kurdish authorities to hand over Tariq al-Hashimi, a vice president who fled to the Kurdish region after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Hashimi, who is wanted on terrorism charges that he denies, flew to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
The oil and gas fields in the Kurdish area represent a small fraction of Iraq’s vast hydrocarbon wealth. But some in Baghdad fear it could one day provide enough profit to encourage separatist forces in Kurdistan.
Shahristani, the deputy prime minister, said he is determined not to let that happen.
“If the oil is managed by different regions and will be a source of conflict and war among Iraqis, not only the country will be destroyed, none of them will really benefit from all these resources,” Shahristani said. 

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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr