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Iraqi firefighters battle to tame IS oil well fires

The sun cuts through the smoke as an Iraqi soldier walks into the center of a burning oil wells, set ablaze by retreating Islamic State (IS) jihadists, while guarding the men tasked with putting out the fire in the town of Qayyarah, some 70 km south of Mosul on November 20, 2016. Firefighters and engineers pumped water into the well in an effort to stop the fire. AFP / Odd ANDERSEN

 

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