THis is the new base until O & G law or seperation of Kurdistan.  I truly believe maliki got a wake up call from Exxon.  He can lead a small Sh   te state or he can play ball and the oil money can be used to appease everyone and keep Iraq together.  WE will know more in the next few weeks if more majors slot in Kurdistan.  The nastiness will come from the Kirkuk area as the Sh  tes think they can hold it but the Kurds still remember the forced exodus by the Sunnis.  That is why U.S. and majors want Maliki to relax and pass the darn law.