- New details about the motives behind the incident
- Added perspectives from PUK, KDP, and industry officials
- Black Force remains at IT-1 as of Thursday night
- Corrected details concerning Bazian refinery ownership (see below)
Iraq’s northern oil exports were briefly disrupted Thursday when armed units associated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) political party took over a central oil facility in Kirkuk.The incident is further evidence of a deteriorating rivalry between the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) two main parties over how to share power, including over energy resources.At around 8:15 a.m., units from the so-called "Black Force," a Kirkuk-based special police unit operated by the PUK...