Three days after Iraqi leaders declared the country's largest refinery secure, IS militants who control pockets of territory nearby have the facility in their crosshairs.
Karim criticizes leaders in both Baghdad and Erbil for their handling of oil policy and territorial disputes, and outlines a vision of Iraqi federalism that empowers provinces.
Zebari discusses contract renegotiations with oil companies, financing Iraq's budget deficit, and building trust between Baghdad and Kurdistan.
After being ousted from Ajil and Hamrin oil fields, IS fighters are launching deadly asymmetrical attacks that continue to cripple Iraq's northern oil sector.
In a settlement with Baghdad, the KRG's primary provider of tankers for independent oil exports will sever ties with Kurdistan in exchange for removal from SOMO blacklist.
After seizing Tikrit and setting sights on further gains, pro-government forces have been put on their heels by IS offensives.
Hamrin set on fire as militants flee, though IS still controls Ajil, as various Iraqi forces close in around Tikrit.
Venture would give Kurdistan a much-needed cash infusion but would divert future revenue streams earmarked for infrastructure and education.