Although this month’s comprehensive oil export deal represents a massive step forward in Baghdad-KRG relations, the map enclosed in the latest issue of the Kurdistan Oil and Gas Year, an independent publication supported by the KRG, is evidence that major problems still lie ahead.

The map appears to claim for the KRG large tracts of territory outside the recognized border of the Kurdistan region. This includes the disputed Kirkuk region, and parts of Nineveh province. Some, but not all, of this area is currently under de facto KRG control. (CONTINUED - 319 WORDS)