MAJOR: ISIS Attack on Kirkuk Oil Well Thwarted

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BAGHDAD- Iraqi security sources repelled an attack by the ISIS terrorists on Khabaz oil well in Kirkuk province on Wednesday. The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV network reported that the ISIS terrorists left the scene after the Iraqi security forces launched counterattacks.

It noted that the ISIS terrorists also attacked an Iraqi Army military center in Salahuddin province in northern Iraq. The remnants of the ISIS terrorist group have intensified their attacks in different Iraqi provinces over the past three weeks.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi military intelligence organization in a statement reported on Tuesday that it has captured members of a terrorist network in central and southern Iraq.

“The members of the terrorist team planned to destabilize Iraq,” the statement said.

In a relevant development earlier in December, a senior security official said that Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) had thwarted an ISIS plot to occupy the oil wells in Iraq’s Diyali province.

Head of the security committee at Diyali governor-general’s office Sadeq al-Hosseini told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh website on Tuesday that Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Naft Khaneh region in eastern Ba’aqoubah repelled the ISIS plot to occupy the oil wells in the region.

He added that Hashd al-Shaabi adopted the strategy of line of fire in its recent operations to confront the ISIS attacks against the oil-rich region of Naft Khaneh and adjacent areas.

“Hashd al-Shaabi plays a strategic role in the establishment of security in Diyali and is in control of an extensive area in the province which sometimes witnesses activities of the remnants of the ISIS terrorists,” al-Hosseini said.

Hashd al-Shaabi continues fight against the ISIL while the US fighter jets shrug off targeting the terrorists’ hideouts in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

A security source at Hashd al-Shaabi command center told al-Ma’aloumeh news website that the US fighters in northern al-Anbar near the province of Saladdin close their eyes on ISIS moves, adding that the US indifference has entailed negative impacts on the province’s security and stability.

“The US fighters fly for a long time over these regions but they refrain from bombing the ISIS centers,” a move that runs counter to the US forces’ main excuse for their presence at Ein al-Assad airbase, he said.

In relevant remarks in September, Another high-ranking Iraqi security source said that the US Army continued its support for the ISIS terrorist group in southwestern Kirkuk (Center of Iraq).

The US Army troops stationed in Iraqi Army’s Division 14 Command Headquarters have warned the Iraqi troops not to bombard the ISIS military positions in Makhoul mountainous region, the source noted. He told al-Ma’aloumeh that the US troops had also warned the Iraqi Army not to conduct any ground or air operations in the mountainous region and its surrounding areas against ISIS.

The US Army troops have supported the ISIS terrorists many times before in Syria and Iraq and Head of Badr Organization has recently accused the US Army troops of a plan to construct a crossing for passage of the ISIS terrorists in western Iraq.

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