The oil-for-money agreement between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan gets closer to failing every day, with the Kurdish talking about selling oil independently once again. But this time, they say, it's legal.
As Iraqis and Syrians fight, Kurds are holding elections and drafting laws. After Kurds also won in Turkish elections, nationalists hope the 100th birthday of the Sykes-Picot may be its last and borders will be redrawn.
On the anniversary of the attack on the Iraqi city of Mosul by the extremist Islamic State group, Metrography, a photo agency, based in northern Iraq, have compiled their most memorable pictures from the past year.
The hostility between the US and Iraq's Shiite militias seems to have slowed. One leading militia member even went to the US. Is this the beginning of a new, happier relationship and closer battle field cooperation?