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.
On Monday, Iraq's federal forces, supported by Iranian-sponsored militias, rolled into the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Iraqi officials now say that the Peshmerga is back to its June 2014 borders, the start of the ISIS conflict.
Northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday announced its decision to suspend preparations for KRG presidential and parliamentary elections slated for November 1, APA rports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Shargh then suggested, "If Iran or [Quds Force commander] Gen. [Qasem] Soleimani play a mediating role in this process, it is considered to be a positive step, both for the future of the region and for Iran's responsibility toward Iraq and the Kurds".
Kayhan added, "The main reason [for giving the control of Kirkuk to Iraqi forces] was the mission that the Iraqi government had previously given to peshmerga Kurds for fighting Daesh [Islamic State], and had asked them to come to Kirkuk to prevent Daesh from advancing further".
Earlier this week, Abadi ordered his troops on Monday to raise the Iraqi flag across Kurdish-held territory outside the autonomous region itself.
Recoverable oil reserves at the five blocks are about 670-million barrels, Rosneft said, calling the estimate "conservative".
The endeavor of some officials and foreign oil companies to conclude oil deals inside Iraq without the knowledge of the Iraqi federal Oil Ministry "is a blatant interference in Iraqi internal affairs and a violation of its national sovereignty and a clear violation of global norms", an Oil Ministry statement quoted its minister Jabbar Luaiby as saying.
Iraqi authorities announced Wednesday the end of the military operation.