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With or without Exxon, Iraq Kurds strive for energy autonomy

Tanker trucks wait to be loaded at Taq Taq oil field in Arbil at the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, about 350 km (220 miles) north of Baghdad, September, 5, 2012. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Tanker trucks wait to be loaded at Taq Taq oil field in Arbil at the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, about 350 km (220 miles) north of Baghdad, September, 5, 2012. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Tanker trucks wait to be loaded at Taq Taq oil field in Arbil at the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, about 350 km (220 miles) north of Baghdad, September, 5, 2012. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Workers adjust the valves of oil pipes at West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

Workers adjust the valves of oil pipes at West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

Workers adjust the valves of oil pipes at West Qurna oilfield in Iraq's southern province of Basra November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan
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