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Q&A: Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi

Iraq's top oil man talks about renegotiating oil contracts, addressing long-standing disputes with Kurdistan, and building infrastructure and boosting exports.
Then-Oil Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, center, speaking to reporters on March 20, 2015, near the Hamrin oil field, alongside Badr Organization head Hadi al-Amiri after the latter's force helped retake areas around the Ajil and Hamrin oil fields. (Source: Oil Ministry media office)

BAGHDAD - Iraq needs to sell more oil to close a budget gap and fund its fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, but doing so requires tough negotiations with both oil companies and the autonomous Kurdistan region.

These are just two of the many challenges that Adil Abd al-Mahdi has taken on since he became oil minister nearly seven months ago.

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