Tensions rise over Khurmala

With rival armed forces massed near strategically important oil assets, federal and KRG negotiators are at an impasse.
Tensions rise over Khurmala
Peshmerga keep watch for ISIS to the south of the Khurmala Dome central processing facility, whose flares burn in the background, on Aug. 11, 2014. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is warning that federal Iraqi security forces are preparing to launch a new offensive, which could spark a battle for control of the Khurmala Dome of the Kirkuk oil field.

"We are alarmed by significant Iraqi military buildup in the vicinity of Makhmour... in preparation for an attack on nearby Peshmerga positions," the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said in a statement Monday.

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