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Risking Flames and Mines, Iraq Oil Workers Battle to Cap Burning Wells

His face blackened and helmet coated in soot, Hussein Saleh watched the oil fields of his home town in northern Iraq burn, belching up thick smoke that blotted out the sun. Dozens of fellow workers and engineers from Iraq's North Oil Company, wearing dirty jackets and overalls with scarves wrapped around their faces, started up their water tankers and bulldozers for the day's work. Their job: to extinguish and cap another oil well that Islamic State militants set ablaze when...

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