PKK spokesperson Zagros Hiwa stands in a cemetery of hundreds of PKK fighters in the Qandil mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan on Nov. 6, 2014. (DANIEL W. SMITH/Iraq Oil Report)

Q&A: PKK spokesperson Zagros Hiwa

The PKK does not intend to make further attacks on the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey's Ceyhan port, though other Turkish infrastructure remains in the crosshairs.

  • Adil Abd al-Mahdi OPEC 6-2015

    Q&A: Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

    On the sidelines of OPEC meetings, Abd al-Mahdi discusses Iraq's record exports, oil company payments, the relationship with Kurdistan, and new projects on the horizon.

  • Dhia Jaffar, the head of Iraq's state-run South Oil Company (SOC), announces the opening of a new single point mooring (SPM), part of Iraq's expansion of its southern export infrastructure. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

    Q&A: Deputy Oil Minister Dhia Jaffar

    The new refining chief says Karbala is on track, Missan is behind schedule, Nassiriya is open for offers, Kirkuk is ready for financing, and Basra can dip into petrodollars to build a new one.

  • Iraq's President Fuad Masum walks with Basra Governor Majid al-Nasrawi in Basra, southeast of Baghdad

    Q&A: Basra Gov. Majid al-Nasrawi

    The leader of Iraq's oil capital discusses economic development and security for Basrawis and oil companies.

Q&A: Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim

Iraq's Oil Minister Mehdi walks with Kirkuk Governor Karim on the outskirts of Kirkuk

Karim criticizes leaders in both Baghdad and Erbil for their handling of oil policy and territorial disputes, and outlines a vision of Iraqi federalism that empowers provinces.

Q&A: Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari meets with EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton in Baghdad

Zebari discusses contract renegotiations with oil companies, financing Iraq's budget deficit, and building trust between Baghdad and Kurdistan.

Q&A: Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Iraqi Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, center, speaking to reporters o March 20, 2015, near Hamrin oil field, alongside Badr Organization head Hadi al-Amiri after the latter's force helped retake areas around the Ajil and Hamrin oil fields. (Source: Oil Ministry media office)

Iraq's top oil man talks about renegotiating oil contracts, addressing long-standing disputes with Kurdistan, and building infrastructure and boosting exports.

Q&A: Peshmerga General Secretary Jabar Yawar

Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the Iraqi Ku

The chief of Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces discusses the fight against IS militants and new efforts to train irregular forces.

Q&A: Missan Oil Company DG Adnan Noshi Sajit

Adnan Noshi Sajit

Oil production is booming in Missan province, which now accounts for nearly one-tenth of Iraq's output.

Q&A: Ahmad Chalabi


The head of the Parliament Finance Committee talks about priorities for cutting costs while being able to pay for defense, refugees and IOCs.

Q&A: Baz Karim, CEO of KAR Group

Baz Karim, President and CEO of Kar Group, at the Kalak refinery in Erbil, Iraq. (SEBASTIAN MEYER/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)

The CEO of Iraq’s largest private-sector energy company discusses KAR Group's projects across northern Iraq.

Q & A: Shia militia commander Ali Jamal Hussein

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)

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.