Federal authorities have no communication with the small field they once controlled, as about 2,000 bpd of production is feeding Kurdistan's export pipeline.
The chief of Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces discusses the fight against IS militants and new efforts to train irregular forces.
Oil production is booming in Missan province, which now accounts for nearly one-tenth of Iraq's output.
The KRG has given up its first attempt to sell independent pipeline exports to U.S. buyers, as the United Kalavryta is redirected to a port in Israel, and the American court has suspended proceedings.
Leaders in Baghdad and Erbil aired contrasting interpretations – and contentious arguments – over their cooperative oil and revenue agreement.
Disputes between tribes in Basra and Missan turn violent as government security forces – spread thin by the fight against IS militants – struggle to restore order.
Hamrin set on fire as militants flee, though IS still controls Ajil, as various Iraqi forces close in around Tikrit.
Venture would give Kurdistan a much-needed cash infusion but would divert future revenue streams earmarked for infrastructure and education.