Political upheaval and unabated protests have once again boiled over, shutting down the Nassiriya refinery and causing fuel shortages.
Days after the field was shut down because of disputes between politically connected trucking companies, the Kurdistan region has regained 30,000 bpd of production.
After passing a budget with a record-setting deficit, Iraq is banking on more months like March to meet spending goals and recover from a financial crisis.
Harbiya, who was moved to the Joint Operations Command in Baghdad last week, discusses the fight against insurgents, improving coordination among rival security services, and winning the trust of locals.
The military commander-turned-governor says Mosul has largely succeeded in re-establishing security — but lagging support from Baghdad is hurting the local economy, including energy investment.
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