By John Lee.
Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) militants have attacked Peshmerga forces on the Khazir frontline, north of Mosul, with the aim of seizing equipment and machinery belonging to US oil company ExxonMobil.
A Peshmerga commander told BasNews that the extremist group was forced back from the area, including the key villages of Wardik and Zradik.
Peshmerga forces have been guarding Exxon's equipment since the company pulled its team from the area in June.
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