Ajil oil field targeted in latest insurgent attacks

Despite losing Mosul, IS militants continue a steady stream of guerilla-style operations throughout northern Iraq, targeting oil infrastructure, local leaders, and rural villages.
Smoke rises from the Ajeel oil field as Iraqi paramilitary forces gather in al-Hadidiya, south of Tikrit, on March 6, 2015. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

KALAR/KHANAQIN - Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) exchanged mortar fire with Iraqi forces guarding the Ajil oil field Tuesday - the latest indication that a renewed insurgency is threatening northern Iraq and its energy infrastructure.

Seven guerilla-style attacks have hit various parts of Kirkuk and Diyala provinces in less than a week, all in areas that have long been under nominal Iraqi government control. At least six people have been killed, five injured, and two abducted.

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