[Ed. – No need to worry now that al Qaeda is on the run.]
Islamic State jihadist fighters seized two small oilfields in northern Iraq on Saturday after a fierce battle with Kurdish peshmerga forces, Kurdish officials said.
The jihadist attack launched late Friday on the Zumar area, northwest of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, drew Kurdish forces deeper into a conflict which has raged for close to two months.
The jihadists “attacked a peshmerga post in Zumar and a fierce battle erupted,” said an official in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of Iraq’s two main Kurdish parties.
He told AFP that 14 peshmerga fighters were killed, a toll confirmed by a senior officer in the Kurdish force.
Another two peshmerga died in fighting around a nearby border crossing with Syria.
The PUK official said the peshmerga killed “around 100” IS fighters and captured 38.