Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraq's Kurdish region anchors near Ashkelon, Israel. It's believed the oil has been off-loaded into Israel. The U.S. and Baghdad oppose the Kurdish export of oil from the autonomous northern region.
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