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.
Gas flares burn at the Kirkuk oil field on Jan. 06, 2010. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

KIRKUK - A deal to link the Baghdad-controlled parts of Kirkuk's oil fields to the Kurdistan export pipeline would have brought a quarter million barrels of Iraqi oil exports back online relatively quickly – and the collaboration could have eased tension that is stalling political and military progress.

As of Friday morning, that deal is now effectively dead.

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