Rising oil output give KRG a strong negotiating position, but demands over independent export rights and control of disputed fields could put pressure on fragile Baghdad rapprochement.
IS militants have launched a multi-pronged offensive, reversing tentative gains by pro-government forces and sinking the province deeper into chaos.
The recent Baghdad-Erbil oil deal has inspired optimism, but it avoids key details at the heart of big issues – control of territory and oil rights – on which neither side wants to compromise.
A senior commander of Saraya al-Khorasani, a powerful militia in northern Iraq, denies accusations of sectarian cleansing against Sunnis and discusses training and support from Iran.
The man holding Iraq's purse strings discusses the need to look forward despite years of acrimony over oil, land and revenues.
The Oil Ministry is preparing to negotiate a contract with BP for the long-term development of the Kirkuk field, parts of which the KRG has appropriated.
Export and revenue swaps and Peshmerga funding set the stage for budget talks.
Iran-backed militias are integral to the battle against IS militants and infamous for atrocities against Sunnis; now, they are also in conflict with Iraqi Kurds.
Iraq on track to end year on upward trend for oil exports, though phantom Kirkuk sales go unexplained.
Amidst complaints over unpaid land compensation, protesters have disrupted the Russian oil giant's development of a KRG exploration block.