ISIS Sets Fire To Oil Wells Near Iraq’s Kirkuk

3 Oct 2017   Iraq

Islamic State militants set ablaze on Saturday three oil wells near an area still under their control west of the oil city Kirkuk, to try to stop the advance of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces that are driving them out of one of their last positions in Iraq, oil and military officials told Reuters on Monday. The ISIS terrorists have torched the three fields near Hawija, and Iraqi security forces used bulldozers to control the fires. The blaze at one of the oil fields has been controlled, while the other two fields were still burning as of Monday. According to military officials who spoke to Reuters, putting out the fires will take three days or so. “Terrorists are trying to use the rising smoke to avert air strikes while retreating from the area toward Hawija,” army Colonel Mohammed al-Jabouri told Reuters. Last month, the Iraqi Security Forces started operations to liberate […]

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