Gas field facilities have been ravaged and booby-trapped by IS militants, and tensions are mounting between rival security forces.
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.
Four oil smuggling operations have been uncovered, but the suspected perpetrators are so powerful that security forces cannot safely make public accusations.
The top Hashid commander in Kirkuk discusses rising military tensions after Kurdistan's independence referendum.
The Peshmerga commander responsible for the KRG's fourth sector, including south of Kirkuk, talks about recent military escalations.
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