Kurds Lose Oil Fields As Iran and U.S. Battle For Influence in Iraq (HBO)

Since the Kurdish referendum on Independence, Iraqi Kurds have lost their president, control of airspace and disputed territories — including the oil rich province of Kirkuk. It’s meant that hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from oil exports in the disputed territories are now entirely under Baghdad’s control.

The Kurdish region is faced with the sudden loss of resources – which had been vital in its push for independence. Meanwhile many Kurds are also angry at their long-standing allies, the US, for not intervening to stop the Kirkuk offensive – which was carried out by Iraqi forces and the Iranian backed Shia paramilitary group the PMU.

Vice News travels to the Baba Gurgur oil field in Iraq’s disputed territories – newly recaptured by Iraqi forces following the Kurdish vote on independence.

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Clashes as Iraq army takes Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province

On the outskirt of Altun Kupri, a city in the province of Kirkuk retaken by federal forces Friday, Kurdish peshmerga fighters hold positions atop hills on the outskirt of the city. All day, Kurdish and federal forces have targeted each others with artillery fire, mortars and machine guns. IMAGES

‘The eternal fire’: Iraq retakes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds

Iraq retakes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurds Kirkuk has around 10 percent of the country’s oil reserves.

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