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.
After months of sporadic pipeline export sales and legal skirmishes with Baghdad, the KRG is still courting legitimacy on the international market.
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.
Kurdistan's top ambassador says KRG territory now irreversibly includes the Kirkuk oil field, in a "new reality" of almost total Kurdish independence.
The Iraqi ambassador discusses stepped-up military cooperation with the U.S., the ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, and the politics of government formation.
While violence has taken Iraq's northern oil sector almost entirely offline, growing production and export capacity in the south is keeping Iraq afloat.
After key Maliki allies turn, Haider al-Abadi tasked with forming government, though his ascension to PM is hardly assured.
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.
A bilateral gas pipeline deal between Basra province and Iran could circumvent Baghdad's energy sector authority and conflict with UN sanctions.
The state-owned Turkish Energy Company now has a 20 percent stake in Exxon's six KRG blocks, giving Turkey a concrete interest in ensuring that oil can be sold by pipeline.