Iraqi firefighters battle large fire at oil wells to prevent the flames from reaching the residential neighborhoods in Qayyarah.
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A fire at one of Iraq's major oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Daesh stronghold of Mosul get underway.Located on the west bank of the Tigris River, about 65 kilometers south of Mosul, Qayyarah has since become an important staging ground for military and humanitarian efforts ahead of the Mosul operation since it was recaptured by Iraqi forces last month.The Iraqi military, backed by coalition airstrikes and coalition advise-and-assist operations, looks to recapture more territory from the military group, which at one point in 2014 controlled about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria. U.S.-led coalition forces have launched more than 460 airstrikes around Qayyarah since August 2014 and more than 1,800 around the city of Mosul itself.
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