The Real Iraqi Crude Story (Hint: It Ain't Iran)

Sadly, media misfeasance (or malfeasance) has become such a common experience that it begins to look like a go-to story on Zero Hedge during slow news cycles.  All we can say is that despite its increasingly droll repetition, we think media degradation in all its forms an important issue.  So when, just for instance, the mainstream media jumps all over the Iranian "invasion" of Iraq to seize oil wells, despite the fact that the seizure of the well itself is only one of a rather unremarkable series of similar incidents in exactly the same disputed area going back years, and at the same time totally ignores the much more serious news of terrorist attacks on Iraqi pipelines that actually halt about 400,000 barrels per day of crude flow, well, we are just not that surprised anymore.  One has to go to Alsumaria, Iraq's satellite channel, to find this story today:

Iraq's deputy oil minister Abdul Karim Al Luaibi said that Iraq expects to resume oil exports from Kirkuk to Turkey today. The pipeline was shut Saturday by sabotage, he added. Earlier on Saturday, Kirkuk oil flow towards Ceyhan Turkish port was halted. It is to be noted that November flow rate was of 404000 barrels per day.

This particular bit of oversight cannot simply be explained away by the lack of a compelling narrative either.  The area in question is known for its friendly refuge for the activities of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (hereinafter the "PKK").  Yes, the same separatist (and if you adopt the definition used by the United States, Canada, the European Union, Iraq, Iran, Syria and, of course, Turkey also "terrorist") PKK that gives Turkey fits.  One would think that the PKK's potential involvement in the (apparently effective) sabotage of oil assets in the region, or at least the sabatoge in a region known for PKK activity, on a Turkish conected pipeline would be worth noting, particularly where a pipeline cut disrupted serious pipeline flows for days.  One would think wrong.