Iraq Kurds seize 2 oil fields near Kirkuk

Posted: July 12, 2014 at 2:49 a.m.

Hussain al-Shahristani, (right) Iraq’s energy minister, attends a news conference Friday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Baghdad. Al-Shahristani was appointed to replace a Kurd as interim foreign minister.

Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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