Shia militias who chased Islamic State militants from Diyala province are being blamed for intensifying sectarian violence, including the assassination of two aides to the governor.
The chief of Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces discusses the fight against IS militants and new efforts to train irregular forces.
Oil production is booming in Missan province, which now accounts for nearly one-tenth of Iraq's output.
The KRG has given up its first attempt to sell independent pipeline exports to U.S. buyers, as the United Kalavryta is redirected to a port in Israel, and the American court has suspended proceedings.
North Oil Company staff decry salary payments in small-denomination currency and demand back pay, but say work stoppage is unlikely.
Disputes between tribes in Basra and Missan turn violent as government security forces – spread thin by the fight against IS militants – struggle to restore order.
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.