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US ready to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off Texas

A picture taken on November 25, 2013 shows oil rigs in the Kurdish town of Derik, in the northeastern Hasakeh governorate on the border with Turkey and IraqUS authorities were prepared Tuesday to seize $100 million worth of oil from a tanker anchored off the Texas coast after Iraq’s government told a court the oil was taken illegally from the country’s Kurdish region. The United Kalavrvta tanker remained in international waters about 60 miles (100 kilometers) offshore, but if it offloads its million-barrel crude oil cargo to smaller vessels that enter US waters, marshals will enforce a federal judge’s order and seize the cargo, a spokesman said. Right now, we’re monitoring the situation,” US Marshals Service spokesman Dave Oney told AFP. Late Monday, Houston judge Nancy Johnson ordered the seizure after Iraq’s oil ministry petitioned the court to block its delivery to the buyer, which, according to a court filing, is Talmay Trading, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands.

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