Kurdish forces cordon off villages around Bashiqa, north of Mosul, pushing their front lines within 9 kilometers of the city.
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The second most senior Iraqi oil official talks about plans to keep up production during a financial squeeze, and the terms for delivering crude to a Kurdish refinery, Ceyhan and Iran.
The newly confirmed minister is seeking a "quiet" environment for improving relationships with both international oil companies and the Kurdistan government.
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