In this Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, Exxon Mobil Corp. Director Richard C. Vierbuchen left, shakes hands with Dhiya Jaafar, acting chief of Iraq's South Oil Company, second right, as then Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, center,claps during a signing ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq. An oil exploration deal signed by the U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil with Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region is deepening divisions between Kurds and Arabs at a crucial time as U.S. troops are leaving. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

Kurds Assert Sovereignty, Push for Oil Deal with Exxon

(MintPress) – Prime Minister Nuri-Al Malaki sent an urgent message to President Barack Obama earlier this week, pleading him to prevent oil giant Exxon-Mobil from signing an oil deal with the Iraqi province, Kurdistan. The U.S. has yet to issue a response on the dispute. However, Ali Mussawi, a close aide to the Iraqi Prime […]