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.
Ajil oil field targeted in latest insurgent attacks
Smoke rises from the Ajil oil field as Shia 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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