Iraq oil ministry starts taking over Majnoon oilfield operations from Shell. The new management is to cut the cost of producing a barrel of crude from Majnoon by 30%. Production is now 235Kbpd with plans to increase output to 400Kbpd in the "coming years".

Map. History of Iraq conflict

18 August 2018
Turkish fighter jets striking PKK bases in Bradost area, 180KM northern Erbil
US-led Coalition tells Rudaw about 1,000 ISIS are estimated to remain in Iraq as of December 21
8 month ago
"There will continue to be adjustments to the type of support jusy given the way the campaign is proceeding" says McGurk "That was always part of the plan"
8 month ago
Territory retaken from ISIS with US and coalition help has not fallen back into ISIS' hands, per @brett_mcgurk "The Russia|ns can't say that"
8 month ago
Global plan vs #ISIS still requires denying terror group sanctuary so it can attracr #foreignfighters per McGurk
ISIS "It used to be a very well-connected organization, run out of Raqqa" per @brett_mcgurk with direct communication to Libya Sinai Nigeria Afghanistan "We've pretty much severed a lot of that"
8 month ago
"It takes focus and attention and prioritization from the top and that what we got from day 1," @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk says of @POTUS efforts on anti ISIS "Those decisions were made"
8 month ago
"We had to do a lot to get the foundation for a campaign [vs ISIS] set" per @brett_mcgurk when asked why progress in past year and not in previous administration
8 month ago
ISIS "still finds ways to move money around" warns @brett_mcgurk
8 month ago
"We've completely decimated ISIS's financing" per @brett_mcgurk "They really have no ability to raise significant revenue from what used to be their state-like holdings"
8 month ago
ISIS' self-delcared caliphate "was the calling card, what held the organization together" per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk, but says counter messaging still needed
8 month ago
"We do believe the outlying neighborhoods of Raqqa, which are fairly well intact, we will see significant returns" per @brett_mcgurk
8 month ago
"Every single standing structure in Raqqa has an IED in it" from ISIS per @StateDept's @brett_mcgurk
8 month ago
2.7 million Iraq|is returned to their homes, 1.4 million in past year, per @brett_mcgurk
8 month ago
ISIS has lost 98% of the territory it once held, with 50% of those losses coming since January 2017, per @brett_mcgurk (areas is green as ISIS losses)
8 month ago
"They [ISIS] were aspiring to major 9-11 type of attacks" per @brett_mcgurk
8 month ago
When @POTUS elected, "We faced real critical challenges as far as major plotting attacks against us and against our partner homelands" per Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS @brett_mcgurk on D-ISIS camapign
Manager of (Masrour Barzani owned) Kurdistan24 says the current protests in eastern towns of KRI are terrorist acts; he also says anyone who supports these protests should be labelled as a terrorist and be tried as such
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in an official statement decries violence in Kurdistan region of Iraq, urges calm
KRG @PMBarzani: Germany and France backing Kurdish people to get the constitutional rights in Iraq.
5 ISIS sleeper cells arrested in Mithaq area of East Mosul, Iraq.
Iraq oil ministry starts taking over Majnoon oilfield operations from Shell. The new management is to cut the cost of producing a barrel of crude from Majnoon by 30%. Production is now 235Kbpd with plans to increase output to 400Kbpd in the "coming years".
[email protected] has warned that the defeat of ISIS does not guarantee the safety of journalists in Iraq and Syria as militias see a rise in power and influence
Currently, Kurdistan's average oil export is around 340Kbarrels per dayay, 1/3 of it produced from Khurmala disputed field (Kirkuk's 3rd dome) which could be reclaimed anytime by Iraq's federal authority. KRG monthly payment: to Turkey for transit fee is $25mln and to IOCs is $125mln.
Iraqi President: Baghdad - Erbil officials to meet directly after the new year. @UNIraq to participate mediator.
Members of Congress ask Department of Justice to open case in Assads role in killing US soldiers in Iraq 2003-2009
[email protected] statement on the current situation in Kurdistan north Iraq.
Clashes erupted between an armed group and Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi in Kirkuk's Ourdzi street tonight
PUK's security SWAT teams were deployed to many towns including Koya (as seen in this picture) to crackdown on protesters
Directorate Health in Raniya 2 people have been killed due to the violent protests in the city, denying the previous claims of the death of 5 protesters
People in Sulaymaniyah have a difficulty accessing social media sites
KNN reporter is attacked by PUK security force while live on TV in Halabja
Party sources: Iraqi Kurdistan parl. speaker Yousif Mohamed resigns
Brett McGurk: As major combat ops conclude in Iraq, our @Coalition is increasing non-military stabilization contributions to return the displaced. 2.7M Iraqis already home in areas once held by ISIS. Grateful for new $14M contribution from key partner Netherlands.
After Gorran and KIG officially announced withdrawing from the government, protests resumed in Qaladze and Chamchamal. Yekgirtu (KIU) office in Qaladze was torched. Security forces opened fire against protesters in Chamchamal.
Gorran suspends their agreement with PUK until further notice - Official
The Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG, known as Komal) made their final decision and announced withdrawing from the current KRG cabinet, known as the KRG's 8th Cabinet.
UNAMI calls for restraint, calm on all sides amid violent demonstrations in Kurdistan Region, Kurdish security forces to exercise 'maximum restraint.'
Kurdistan Region Security Council: Aerial footage dated 18 December over the same position: 35.77215, 43.58814. More imagery from other positions will follow
NRT journalist Sarkawt Shams just claimed a few minutes ago that PUK security forces are running after him and protesters in Sulaymaniyah..
Kurdistan Region Security Council: Iraqi military buildup in and around Makhmour, South West Erbil, has continued for over a week. In this position, armored vehicles and Humvees have been deployed.
Some internet companies have cut internet service in Kurdistan
3rd day: Anti-corrupting protest starts in Raniya demanding the KRG-government to quit
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