KRG independent oil exports fell by more than 20 percent in August, to 391,000 barrels per day (bpd), due to pipeline outages in Turkey.
The PKK does not intend to make further attacks on the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey's Ceyhan port, though other Turkish infrastructure remains in the crosshairs.
On the sidelines of OPEC meetings, Abd al-Mahdi discusses Iraq's record exports, oil company payments, the relationship with Kurdistan, and new projects on the horizon.
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