IRGC Extracts Iraq’s Kifri Oil with Support from a PUK Group – Basnews English19/11/2017 – 12:06 – ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran last week deployed hundreds of troops to an area between Tuz Khurmatu and Kifri districts in northern Iraq’s Diyala province, in an attempt to extract oil in the area.A Kurdish official in Kirkuk, confirmed to BasNews that a number of troops have been deployed by helicopters to Palkana village in Zinana district on the outskirt of Spi Mountain near Kifri city.

Baghdad Post reported that sources have confirmed the landing of six Iranian aircrafts last week, carrying hundreds of troops from the Quds Force led by Qassem Soleimani.

BasNews has learned that there are a number of oil wells at the location where the Iranian forces have been deployed.According to the information obtained by BasNews, Iran is planning to extract the crude oil and import it by tankers through Parwezkhan border crossing.The group within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), close to Iran, facilitates the export of the oil to Iran.

The mayor of Zinana district Dler Abdullah told BasNews that the oil wells in Palkana village were dug long ago at the time of former Baath regime, but then they were abandoned.BasNews previously reported that 260,000 barrels of Kirkuk oil are exported to Iran everyday, and the group within the PUK which handed over Kirkuk to the Iran’s militia proxies would earn one USD million everyday. A source confirmed that at least two helicopters, carrying Quds Force members, land on a daily basis in the same area, and orders have been issued not to approach the area where these Iranian forces have been stationed.