A tanker is sitting in Houston harbor full of Kurdish oil pumped through Turkish pipelines. The USCG has cleared it for offloading based on the required safety inspections. Iraq is threatening to sue anybody and everybody that as much as smells that oil. Last week, state dept officials called around the globe telling countries that they should not accept that oil and if they did, there would be serious consequences to their banking sectors and access to $$ transactions. This should be interesting. What will VJ tell them to do? Will state department stop the offloading or just go after whoever is buying the oil or use this as a wake up call for Maliki to get out and form a real inclusive gubmnt in Iraq? What do you think Iran wants DC to do? I can't link or copy WSJ article material here anymore but you can google Kurdstan oil and it should be a free read. here is a link to an alternate article to provide a link. WSJ article is more informative and current http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/27/oil-kurds-iraq.html In June, Kurdish forces were able to capture the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq amid the confusion of the onslaught of Islamic State fighters. Kirkuk has long been prized by Iraqi Kurdistan's leaders. Washington has pressured companies and governments not to buy crude from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), but it has stopped short of banning U.S. firms from buying it outright. The KRG has renewed its push for an independent state amid the latest violence roiling Iraq. Its relationship with Baghdad has deteriorated over what it sees as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's role in stoking the crisis and the long-running dispute over oil sales. Crude offloading from the United Kalavrvta could begin as early as Sunday, if the tanker passes the Coast Guard inspection "and there are no other issues," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick. The Coast Guard was communicating with the U.S. National Security Council, State and Homeland Security departments about the vessel's arrival and status, Kendrick said. The United Kalavrvta received the oil at Ceyhan from a new Kurdish pipeline.