Iraqi court orders arrest of Kurdistan vice president

Kurdish VP Faces 7 Years In Prison for Calling Iraqi Forces 'Invaders'

With relations continuing to deteriorate, a Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces.

Rasul was in Kirkuk when the Iraqi forces attacked the oil-rich city on Monday.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman for Iraq's armed forces, said the military would redeploy to all areas it controlled before the rise of IS.

Large amounts of territory seized by the Kurdish Peshmerga over the course of multiple years of war with ISIS has been ceded back to the Iraqi central government in only about 72 hours. In the battle against IS, the Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, fought on the same side as the Iraqi military and its allies, mainly a coalition of predominantly Shiite militias. The Kurds' long-time big power ally, the United States, also opposed the vote. The areas include the provincial capital Kirkuk.




Altun Kupri likes just outside the boundary of the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous zone.

Kurdish troops had left Khanaqin, near the border with Iran, on Tuesday to avoid clashing with advancing Iraqi forces.

On the other hand, the Iraqi oil ministry reacted angrily on Thursday after Russian energy giant Rosneft signed a production sharing deal with the authorities in the autonomous Kurdish region without its approval.

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al Luaibi has asked BP "to quickly make plans to develop the Kirkuk oilfields, " an oil ministry statement said on Wednesday. Its reserves are estimated at 2.8 billion barrels.

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