IS insurgency exploits Baghdad-KRG conflict

Thousands of federal and Kurdish soldiers are pointing their weapons at each other, leaving volatile territory inadequately guarded and vulnerable to an emboldened IS insurgency.
  • Akkas secure, but dangers remain

    Gas field facilities have been ravaged and booby-trapped by IS militants, and tensions are mounting between rival security forces.

  • Iran to facilitate Kirkuk exports

    By trucking crude to Iran, the Oil Ministry would reduce dependence on the KRG-controlled export system and open a new outlet for Kirkuk oil that is currently stranded.

  • Smuggling busts implicate Basra crime rings

    Four oil smuggling operations have been uncovered, but the suspected perpetrators are so powerful that security forces cannot safely make public accusations.


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