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Iraq, Kurds agree on oil deal, uniting to fight Islamic State
Iraq, Kurds agree on oil deal, uniting to fight Islamic State

Iraq's central government and leaders of the nation's semiautonomous Kurdish region unveiled an oil and budget deal Tuesday aimed at resolving a months-long dispute and presenting a united front against Islamic State militants. The accord provides an interim resolution to a divisive issue at a time when the extremists threaten the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional administration in the northern city of Irbil. The United States and other Iraqi allies have long pushed for an agreement to help improve often frosty relations between Baghdad and Irbil. The deal calls for an Iraqi state entity to sell oil from Kurdish-controlled areas in the north while...

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