Beyond the Headlines: Oct. 17-23

  • Kirkuk volatile as U.S. prepares exit
  • Dhi Qar budget slashed
  • Missan bolsters security forces
  • Power plant offline after fire
Beyond the Headlines: Oct. 17-23
A series of accidents has plagued Iraq's oil sector in recent weeks. The Nassiriya refinery in Dhi Qar province, shown here, caught fire on Sept. 10. Another fire damaged the Taji power plant in Baghdad on Oct. 17. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Kirkuk volatile as U.S. prepares exitKIRKUK — Ethnic tensions continued to increase in Kirkuk, as Arabs threatened to boycott upcoming elections, Turkomen were again targeted by bombs, and the governor expressed worry over the upcoming U.S. withdrawal.Days before U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to complete a full withdraw by the end of the year, Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim issued a press statement saying that American troops should remain because Iraqi forces are unable...

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