Kurds Seize Oilfields, Leave Cabinet

By John Lee.

Kurdish politicians officially suspended their participation in the Iraqi government on Friday, as forces under their control seized two oilfields in northern Iraq.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has appointed temporary replacements for the five Kurdish ministers of the cabinet.

Kurdish forces took over the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oilfields near Kirkuk; an oil ministry spokesman in Baghdad described the takeover as dangerous and irresponsible.

(Source: Gulf Today)

(Picture: Iraqi Cabinet)

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