Turkey is flexing diplomatic muscle and showing it’s ready to position itself as a key energy hub with the export of Kurdish oil, an international analyst said. The semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government confirmed in a statement Friday a tanker loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil left a Turkish port, the first of what it said would be “many such sales of oil” from northern Iraq. The central government in Baghdad filed a case at an international court of arbitration in Paris to challenge the export. The central government says any unilateral deals in the energy sector from KRG are illegal , though the Kurdish side said it’s operating according to the rule of law. Soli Ozel, an international relations analyst at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, told Voice of America the oil issue spills over into Turkish ambitions for the […]