Ajil oil field targeted in latest insurgent attacks

19 Jul 2017   Iraq

Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) exchanged mortar fire with Iraqi forces guarding the Ajil oil field Tuesday – the latest indication that a renewed insurgency is threatening northern Iraq and its energy infrastructure. Seven guerilla-style attacks have hit various parts of Kirkuk and Diyala provinces in less than a week, all in areas that have long been under nominal Iraqi government control. At least six people have been killed, five injured, and two abducted.

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