Oil field burns after ISIS retreat

A Russian-made T55 tank is positioned facing toward ISIS

Militants set fire to facilities at the Ain Zalah field and then withdrew, following a Thursday offensive by Kurdish forces and weeks of U.S. air strikes in the area.

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    Analysis: Kurdistan’s export quest remains unfinished

    After months of sporadic pipeline export sales and legal skirmishes with Baghdad, the KRG is still courting legitimacy on the international market.

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    Rescued from Mount Sinjar

    A survivor of a deadly helicopter crash recounts efforts by Kurdish Peshmerga, Iraqi Army U.S. Special Forces, and Syrian YPG fighters to save civilians from ISIS militants and starvation.

  • Q&A: Falah Mustafa Bakir

    Falah Mustafa Bakir resized

    Kurdistan's top ambassador says KRG territory now irreversibly includes the Kirkuk oil field, in a "new reality" of almost total Kurdish independence.

  • Q&A: Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Lukman Faily

    Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 23, 2014. (Photo credit: CSIS)

    The Iraqi ambassador discusses stepped-up military cooperation with the U.S., the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the politics of government formation.

The forgotten front

Kurdish Peshmerga pray at an outpost in Jalawla on July 9, 2014, one month into the fight against ISIS. (FERIQ FEREC/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Outside the zone of American air strikes, Kurdish forces are reeling as insurgents advance in Jalawla, extending their control into a key pocket of land between Kirkuk, Sulaimaniya, Baghdad and Iran.

Basra negotiates Iran gas pipeline

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Basra

A bilateral gas pipeline deal between Basra province and Iran could circumvent Baghdad's energy sector authority and conflict with UN sanctions.