Iraqi security forces members ride vehicles during patrolling tour for the media at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani
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However, advances by Iraqi government and Kurdish forces plus Shiite militias have left the militants with partial access to just two of the five Iraqi oil fields they once controlled.Daesh used to sell at least 50-tanker truckloads a day from Qayara and Najma oil fields, south of the group's Mosul stronghold. Daesh took the Iraqi oil fields, with a total capacity of nearly 60,000 barrels per day, when they swept through the north and west two years ago.Kurdish peshmerga forces took the Ain Zala oil field, northwest of Mosul, in late 2014 .Security officials and an Oil Ministry adviser say Daesh's revenue fell by $1 million a day in April 2015 alone when it lost the Ajil and Himreen oil fields near the city of Tikrit, which lies about 150 kilometers north of Baghdad.Now Iraqi forces pushing toward Mosul for a planned year-end offensive are close enough to Qayara and Najma fields, about 60 kilometers south of the city, to reduce their operations substantially, security and local officials said.
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