Production is unaffected, and the police chief says local residents are reacting to belief that oil operations are responsible for recent earthquakes.
In the wake of a scandal that led to the sudden resignation of Basra's governor, Taha al-Tamimi has emerged as the top candidate to lead Iraq's oil capital.
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Detailed updates from Mosul city and nearby Islamic State militant-held territory, gathered via Iraq Oil Report's network of reporters and contacts.
The chairman of the General Board of Kurdistan Areas outside the Kurdistan Region Administration discusses efforts to hold the referendum in areas outside formal KRG control, and expectations of Iraqi security forces afterward.
Kurdistan's financial crisis has provided an impetus for government reform, including overlapping efforts to fight low-level corruption.
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