Iraq: Daesh sets fire to oil well near Kirkuk
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga walks by the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 kilometers west of the northern city of Kirkuk in Iraq, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have attacked an oil field in Iraq’s conflict-stricken northern province of Kirkuk and set fire to an oil well there.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network that Daesh extremists stormed Khabbaz oil field, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the provincial capital city of Kirkuk, on Wednesday morning and set an oil well ablaze.
The development came a day after Iraqi fighter jets struck ten tankers belonging to Daesh that had been loaded at Qaiyarah oil refinery, located some 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of the militant-held city of Mosul, and were heading to an unknown location.
Iraqi military aircraft also bombarded a convoy of Daesh members on Tuesday as it was travelling on the road linking the city of Tal Afar, located approximately 63 kilometers (39 miles) west of Mosul, to the predominantly Kurdish city of Sinjar. More than 150 militants of Chechen origin were killed in the process.
Additionally, Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) forces have launched an operation east of Anbar’s troubled provincial capital city of Ramadi, killing five Daesh extremists, among them foreign snipers, and destroying missile launch pads.
Fighters from pro-government Popular Mobilization units also lobbed a barrage of rockets at a Daesh position north of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday, and completely destroyed it. There were no immediate reports on the number of Daesh members killed.
Moreover, Iraqi security forces killed at least 13 Deash militants and destroyed a long-barreled armored vehicle during an offensive on the outskirts of the strategic oil-rich city of Baiji, situated about 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory. The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.
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