Baghdad has ostensibly offered to pay KRG salaries in return for oil revenue, a deal it patently can't afford. Political maneuvering looks to have been the motive. No deal is likely.

After a period of relative quiet, politicians in Iraqi Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad are engaging in a new round of brinkmanship. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-‘Abadi offered to pay Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) public salaries on 15 February in exchange for handing over its oil exports, but this appears entirely unaffordable. (CONTINUED - 1028 WORDS)