Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

Iraq’s connections to the global internet in 2014

Iraq’s connections to the global internet in 2014

Baghdad launched an operation to retake them on Monday, three weeks after the Kurds held an independence referendum.

Both are disputed territories claimed both by the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Governemnt (KRG) and the central Iraqi government.

"This department and the Iraqi federal government are the only two bodies with whom agreements should be reached for the development and investments in the energy sector", the ministry said in a statement, without mentioning Rosneft by name.

The terrorists advanced into the area from villages under their control from the Al-Hawija area, west of Kirkuk province, the source said. It is thought to have a Kurdish majority but its provincial capital has large Arab and Turkmen populations.

Announcing Tehran's support for the Iraqi government's operation against peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Ali Akbar Velayati, a foreign policy adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated October 17, "Iran plays no role in the Kirkuk operation, and the majority of the Kurdish people of Iraq are against the ambitious actions of [Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud] Barzani".

Baghdad moved to reclaim control of Kirkuk following the September 25 independence referendum in Kurdistan.

"The court considers these comments as provocation against the armed forces, under Article 226 of the penal code", an offence which can carry a jail term of up to seven years or a fine, said a judiciary spokesman.

On Thursday, Rosneft boss Igor Sechin insisted that the company strictly followed the law and said that "if there are problems between the government of Iraq and Kurdistan they need to solve the problems themselves". However, the warrant could prevent Mr Rasul leaving the country.

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