Pesh­marga con­trol Zu­mar and Ain Zala oil wells

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Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces re­took con­trol of ar­eas south­west of Er­bil in Iraq on Wed­nes­day. In the vil­lage of Qarach, Kur­dish Pesh­marga fight­ers con­ducted house-to-house searches to se­cure the area after five days of heavy clashes with the ISIS.

At­tacks launched by the Pesh­marga and backed by US airstrikes aimed to im­pose con­trol on the towns which were cap­tured by the Is­lamic mil­i­tants over the past few weeks.

The Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces ad­vanced to­wards Zo­mar and took con­trol of five more vil­lages. The mil­i­tary sources con­firmed the mews.

As Kur­dish Pesh­marga forces launched a ma­jor at­tack against the group on Thurs­day, the ISIS mil­i­tants set sev­eral wells ablaze at an oil field in north­ern Iraq be­fore re­treat­ing, ac­cord­ing to the AFP.

The Ain Zalah oil field was one of the few fields Is­lamist ex­trem­ist group seized con­trol of in north­ern Iraq and Syria ear­lier this month. Re­ports in­di­cated mil­i­tants set fire to the field, abandoning their po­si­tions and flee­ing from the Pesh­marga.

Cap­tain Nad­him says that the IS mil­i­tants start- ed re­treat­ing near Ain Zala after a heavy clash with Pesh­marga. He said that they could not re­sist more after they re­ceived a huge blow by Pesh­marga.

Ac­cord­ing to Pesh­marga sources, they took con­trol of the drink­ing wa­ter project of Ain Zala and its sur­round­ing vil­lages, which were un­der the con­trol of the ter­ror­ists.

On Au­gust 2, 2014, IS mil­i­tants at­tacked Pesh­marga forces and con­trolled the dis­tricts of Talaa­far, Sin­jar and oil wells of Ain Zala near Zo­mar.

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