Baghdad And Irbil Return To The Fray

Public clashing between federal Iraqi and Kurdish politicians over oil resumed with a vengeance in early February, with Baghdad reasserting its sovereignty claims over all Iraqi oil contracts, including those in the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) area. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s recent victory over his Iraqiya party rivals has enabled Baghdad to refocus on oil policy after a couple of months in which Iraq’s...