Oil field burns after ISIS retreat

Militants set fire to facilities at the Ain Zalah field and then withdrew, following a Thursday offensive by Kurdish forces and weeks of U.S. air strikes in the area.
A Kurdish tank faces toward ISIS lines on Aug. 26, 2014, a few kilometers away from the Khazir refugee camp, half way between Erbil and Mosul. (VIANNEY LE CAER/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

KIRKUK - Flames have engulfed oil facilities at the Ain Zalah field, in Iraq's Ninewa province, after extremist militants fled the area following an offensive by Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by ongoing U.S. air strikes.

The Peshmerga also captured the nearby town of Zummar, just west of the Mosul Dam, which sits along a main road between Ain Zalah and Mosul, according to a Peshmerga officer, local residents, and a senior official from Iraq's state-run North Oil Company (NOC).

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