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Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

Current oil production numbers may…

Washington Announces Sanctions On Syrian Oil Industry

Washington Announces Sanctions On Syrian Oil Industry

The U.S. has announced sanctions…

Geopolitics / Middle East

Iraq Seizes Kirkuk, Briefly Knocks 350,000 Bpd Offline

Iraq Seizes Kirkuk, Briefly Knocks 350,000 Bpd Offline

Oct 16, 2017 at 12:00 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices spiked on Monday after Iraqi forces seized the oil fields around Kirkuk, which had largely been under Kurdish control since 2014. There were conflicting reports as of Monday,…

Trump Just Made Iran A Wildcard

Trump Just Made Iran A Wildcard

Oct 13, 2017 at 17:45 | Cyril Widdershoven

American President Donald Trump has officially decertified the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran deal, while hitting Iranian power players—especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)—with a new list…

Kurdistan Accuses Baghdad Of Planning Oil Field Seizure

Kurdistan Accuses Baghdad Of Planning Oil Field Seizure

Oct 13, 2017 at 09:31 | Irina Slav

Kurdistan authorities have accused the central Iraqi government of planning to seize oil fields in the autonomous region. Baghdad is amassing military power in two areas south of Kirkuk…

Defiant Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Defiant Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Aug 25, 2017 at 17:19 | ZeroHedge

Qatar has remained defiant throughout its unprecedented summer diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states which have brought immense pressure to bear on the tiny…

Arab States Extend Deadline For Qatar Ultimatum

Arab States Extend Deadline For Qatar Ultimatum

Jul 03, 2017 at 10:02 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE have given Qatar 48 more hours to submit to a list of demands presented to the emirate ten days ago. The

Saudi Arabia’s New Deal With The US: Averting Implosion?

Saudi Arabia’s New Deal With The US: Averting Implosion?

Jun 02, 2017 at 16:54 | Gregory R. Copley

Saudi Arabia’s de facto head of government, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz al Sa’ud, has gambled the survival of the House of…

How Close Are Kurds To Establishing Full Independence?

How Close Are Kurds To Establishing Full Independence?

May 26, 2017 at 15:12 | ISN Security Watch

OK, so how close are Iraqi Kurds to establishing their own independent state in Northern Iraq? In this article, Gallia Lindenstrauss and Adrien Cluzet analyze the myriad factors that have…

Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East

May 03, 2017 at 16:32 | Cyril Widdershoven

Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while…

Oil Politics Driving Libya Closer To Failure

Oil Politics Driving Libya Closer To Failure

May 02, 2017 at 14:42 | Zainab Calcuttawala

A rift has opened between Libya’s U.N.-backed government and its powerful National Oil Corporation (NOC), threatening the fractured country’s political cohesion and its nascent petroleum-industry recovery. On Monday, NOC…

Saudi Arabia Thwarts Attempted Attack On Aramco Facility

Saudi Arabia Thwarts Attempted Attack On Aramco Facility

Apr 26, 2017 at 11:43 | Zainab Calcuttawala

It seems the violence in Yemen may be spilling over into Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, the KSA’s state-run media agency reported an attempted attack on an oil product distribution…

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