From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
On the frontlines outside the Iraq's city of Kirkuk, contact between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is regular.
While Kurdish forces' lines have held so far, there is continuing fear as ISIL fighters have been unrelenting in their operation to takeover oil-rich Kirkuk.
Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Kirkuk: