Oil Policy

Gas flares burn at the Northern Kirkuk Oil in northern Iraq on January 06, 2010. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE: KRG takes Kirkuk, Bai Hassan fields

When the Oil Ministry gave orders to dismantle a key pipeline, the Kurds took over the NOC's fields, and post-2003 relations between Baghdad and Erbil have never been worse.