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Iraq puts out fires at Qayyara oil field in northern Iraq - ministry
February 9, 2017 / 8:41 AM / 7 months ago

Iraq puts out fires at Qayyara oil field in northern Iraq - ministry

BAGHDAD, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Five oil wells are still burning out of 25 that Islamic State set on fire in Qayyara, south of Mosul, an oil ministry statement said on Thursday.

State-run North Oil Company crews are working to control the fires torched by the hardline militants to slow down the advance of U.S.-backed Iraqi forces toward Mosul, their last major city stronghold in Iraq.

The oil field was one of the main sources of revenue for the group that declared in 2014 a self-styled '‘caliphate‘’ in parts of Syria and Iraq.

Reporting by Saif Hameed; Editing by Greg Mahlich

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