Political and Infrastructure Maps of Iraqi Kurdistan
The below maps are produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and archived at the University of Texas Libraries.
They should help provide some context to situation faced in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government. Notice that the city of Kirkuk is on the edge of what’s identified as a mainly Kurdish area, surrounded by Turkoman and Arab communities to the west. Click on the maps to enlarge and click again to zoom in. Right click and save to copy them to your computer.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), traditionally rivals, have managed to establish a power-sharing formula that’s been in effect since the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The map below clarifies their zones of influence.
Below are some maps identifying population densities and oil infrastructure. Kirkuk is said to hold about 12% of Iraq’s estimated oil reserves.