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Fireballs and booby traps: On the front lines with the oil workers battling ISIS

Employees from Iraq's North Oil Co. monitor firefighters trying to control a oil fire at well 77 near Qayyarah, Iraq. Authorities say the well burns between 500 and 1,000 barrels of oil each day. Photo: Peter Holley

QAYYARAH, Iraq - The flames exploded into the sky like a volcanic eruption, blanketing a swath of the Iraqi countryside in a noxious haze of black smoke.

The inferno reached more than 300 feet high on a recent afternoon when the wind shifted direction, bending the billowing wall of fire toward the men from Iraq's North Oil Co. on the ground below...

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