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Kurds Grab Fourth-Largest Iraq Oilfield Amid ISIL Advance

Kurdish troops were defending Iraq’s fourth-biggest oilfield against Islamist militants after deploying outside their semi-autonomous region in the country’s north to seize the deposit claimed by the central government.

More than 100,000 Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, are guarding a “front line” from Iraq’s eastern border with Iran to the northern town of Fishkabur near Turkey, Jabbar Yawar, Peshmerga Ministry secretary-general, said yesterday in an interview in Erbil, the Kurdish region’s capital. They now occupy the contested city of Kirkuk as well as areas around it where BP Plc has been in talks with Iraq’s government to help reverse declining output at the oilfield discovered in 1927.