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In Hawija, IS poses ongoing threat to oil assets

From one of their last strongholds in Iraq, IS militants continue to launch deadly attacks, including recent attempts to bomb the Bai Hassan oil field.
Police inspect a well at the Bai Hassan oil field. In the background, a farmer has spread wheat crop on the well pad. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

KIRKUK - The self-proclaimed Islamic State's (IS) longstanding hold over Hawija, west of Kirkuk, is posing an ongoing security threat to the Bai Hassan oil field.

IS militants in Hawija have been responsible for several recent attempts to bomb the field, which produces 175,000 barrel per day (bpd), according to security and oil industry officials in the greater Kirkuk area.

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