Persistent attacks are preventing Iraq from re-starting production at Ajil and Hamrin, two northern oil fields that were recently recaptured from the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
The fields represent a small fraction of Iraq's overall production capacity, but the inability of pro-government forces to establish security underscores the broader difficulty of resurrecting northern Iraq's energy sector, which includes vital facilities such as the Baiji refinery and infrastructure like the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP) that were taken offline due to the rise of the IS group.
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