Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kurds retake oil facility in north Iraq from Islamic State

Kurd forces retook a small oil crude station after it was seized by the Islamic State on Saturday.

From Reuters:
Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier on Saturday, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear.

Two officials from the state-run North Oil Co told Reuters the militants had seized a crude oil separation unit in Khabbaz on Saturday morning and said 15 oil workers were missing after the company lost contact with them.

One of the officials and a Kurdish military source said the peshmerga forces had regained control of the facility on Saturday evening and were combing it for explosives.

They were unable to confirm the fate of the 15 workers or provide details about the losses incurred by either side.

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