Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has just announced that they have taken over the production facilities in Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields.
The two oil fields are said to have a combined daily output capacity of some 400,000 barrels per day, AFP quotes a ministry spokesman as saying.Interestingly, Prime Minister Maliki claimed that KRG was a safe haven for ISIS fighters. This remark earned him a sharp rebuke from Masoud Barzani and the withdrawal of Kurdish MPs from government.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, who is himself a Kurdish politician, told Reuters news agency on Friday that the Kurdish political bloc had suspended all day-to-day government business after Mr Maliki's remarks.
He said the country risked division if an inclusive government was not formed soon, adding: "The country is now divided literally into three states - Kurdish, a black state [Isis] and Baghdad."In other words, the partitioning of Iraq that was launched by ISIS is now underway.
And the Kurds are solidifying their grip on Kirkuk and neighboring oil fields.