Ali Jamal Hussein (center), deputy commander of the 3rd Battalion of Saraya al-Khorasani, a Shia militia that has fought alongside Iraqi, Peshmerga and Iranian troops. At a Jalula command post on Dec. 6, 2014. (STRINGER/Iraq Oil Report)

Q & A: Shia militia commander Ali Jamal Hussein

A senior commander of Saraya al-Khorasani, a powerful militia in northern Iraq, denies accusations of sectarian cleansing against Sunnis and discusses training and support from Iran.

Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir

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Kurdistan's top ambassador says KRG territory now irreversibly includes the Kirkuk oil field, in a "new reality" of almost total Kurdish independence.

Q&A: Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily

Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: CSIS)

The Iraqi ambassador discusses stepped-up military cooperation with the U.S., the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the politics of government formation.

Q&A: Lukoil Overseas President Andrey Kuzyaev

Andrey Kuzyaev,
Vice President of Lukoil Group and President of Lukoil Overseas. (Source: Lukoil)

The Lukoil Group VP discusses the status of West Qurna 2, bidding on the upcoming Nassiriya project, and whether Kurdistan is on the radar.

Q&A: TAQA Iraq President Leo Koot

Leo Koot, President for Iraq, TAQA. (TAQA)

The head of one of the most strategically valuable investors in Iraqi Kurdistan's oil sector talks production plans and pipeline tie-ins.

Q&A: U.S. International Energy Envoy Carlos Pascual

Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, speaks during the CERAWEEK conference in Houston March 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Donna W. Carson  (DONNA W. CARSON/Reuters)

The U.S. government’s top energy diplomat discusses American efforts to help Iraq rise to the top of the global oil industry.

Q&A: Thamir Ghadhban

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The prime minister's energy czar talks about production, flaring reduction, refining targets and the ongoing dispute between Baghdad and the KRG.

Q&A: The Calculator

Ali Hama Salih, known as "The Calculator" for his public questioning of KRG finances, is now a leading politician with the Gorran Movement.     (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

IOR talks to Ali Hama Salih, Kurdistan’s popular MP, and a rising star in the opposition Gorran party.

Q&A: Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani

Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani. (KAMARAN NAJM/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq's top energy official discusses ExxonMobil, the KRG budget proposal, the status of fighting in Anbar and more.