By Patrick M Schmidt.
As the United States begun strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Canadian oil firm, Oryx, began evacuations of staff from their facilities in the Kurdistan region.
The company announced that portion of its Demir Dagh oil field had been shut down. Drilling and other operations continued at reduced levels by contract staff. The field produces approximately 3,000 to 4,000 barrels of oil per day.
Operations at Ain Al Safra and Banan oilfields have been completely suspended until further notice.
Other firms evacuated staff from the region including Chevron Corporation and Exxon Mobil.