Northern exports fall due to political disputes and pipeline outages, but federal oil sales stay near record levels.
On the sidelines of OPEC meetings, Abd al-Mahdi discusses Iraq's record exports, oil company payments, the relationship with Kurdistan, and new projects on the horizon.
The new refining chief says Karbala is on track, Missan is behind schedule, Nassiriya is open for offers, Kirkuk is ready for financing, and Basra can dip into petrodollars to build a new one.
Director General Sameer al-Taie's dismissal comes amidst a corruption investigation, and following the assassination of a candidate to replace him.
After slashing oil transfers to federal authorities and increasing independent exports, the KRG receives its lowest monthly budget payment so far this year.
A group calling itself Kataib al-Mosul is waging a campaign of assassinations against IS fighters throughout Mosul and feeding intelligence to Iraqi and U.S. forces.