Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim

As political and military tensions mount around Kirkuk, the governor discusses the future of the province and its oil.
Q&A: Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (right) meets with Kirkuk Gov. Najmaldin Karim in Kirkuk on Oct. 14, 2016. (Source: Kirkuk governorate media office)

ERBIL - Following the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Sept. 25 referendum on independence, Kirkuk has again become a nexus of political and military tension.

Now that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group has been ousted from its Hawija stronghold, southwest of Kirkuk, federal Iraqi forces are only a few kilometers away from Peshmerga front-line positions.

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