Jihadists seize oilfields in clashes with Iraq Kurds

Jihadists seize oilfields in clashes with Iraq Kurds

[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.

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