In disputed territories, a thin line between politics and violence
With their armies still locked in a standoff, the KRG and Baghdad are fighting political battles – over territory, power, and oil – that risk escalating into armed conflict.
A local journalist poses a Kurdish peshmerga fighter for a photograph in Duz, south of Erbil. (KAMARAN NAJM/Metrography/Iraq Oil Report)
KIRKUK - While leaders in Erbil and Baghdad continue to fire salvos this week in an ongoing war of words, two very real armies are still facing off in Iraq's disputed territories, a thick band of land that runs between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and southern Iraq.
Months after Iraqi and Kurdish forces dug into battle lines that they have not left, tensions remain high.
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