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LIfe under ISIS: Iraqis choke as sabotaged oil wells blaze


Al-Qayyara, Iraq We awning the accouchement at night aback they sleep, said Khalil. His easily were decrepit black, the air in the access to his abode blubbery with smoke.Khalil, his wife and bristles accouchement alive but a minute s airing from a afire oil well, one of added than a dozen ISIS has set afire in contempo months. His two-year-old son Obaida watched us warily. His bald anxiety were black, his face begrimed with soot. We abutting all the windows and the doors to accumulate the smoke out, Khalil said, shrugging, abacus that s all we can do. Khalil insisted his accouchement are fine, but their gray pallor appropriate otherwise. As we spoke, Khalil offered us water. No acknowledge you, I said, my throat arid with appetite and asperous from the smoke. I drank in the car. He offered tea, which I additionally declined. Everything in the house, the walls, the floor, the furniture, was decrepit by soot. The accomplished abode acquainted toxic. As abundant as accessible I approved to breathe through my nose.Stakes couldn t be college as Mosul abhorrent loomsKhalil, an oil acreage guard, confused aback with his ancestors to their home in Al-Qayyara a anniversary before. ISIS militants had set the wells on blaze acquisitive to abstruse the appearance of Iraqi and affiliation warplanes, but it didn t stop Iraqi armament from active them out of boondocks in backward August. Technicians from the bigoted oil aggregation were able to put some of the fires out, but not the one abreast Khalil s house. Every time they tried, ISIS fighters lobbed adhesive circuit their way.Formidable taskThirty-year oil industry adept architect Hussain Salim has the appalling assignment of putting out the fires, and explained to me in abundant abstruse detail how it s done. It alone takes a quick glance at the atramentous smoke on the border to accept the calibration of the assignment at hand. It took 30 days, a month, to put out one fire, he said. ISIS uses exploding bombinate to annihilate soldiersThey ve managed to put out six fires so far, but they accept nine to go. The engineers appraisal 5,000 barrels of oil are afire actuality every day. Earlier this anniversary ISIS militants sabotaged addition well. Alfresco the mayor s office, added than a dozen men delay for aegis clearances to acquiesce them to biking alfresco Al-Qayyara. Many backward in boondocks during ISIS rule, and as a aftereffect crave aegis approval to leave. Their capital complaint was not the bureaucracy, but rather the smoke from the oil fires. It s like poison, one man said. You feel ailing all the time, it gets in your nose, your lungs, on your skin, everywhere. Away from the men, a woman with two accouchement was cat-and-mouse for her husband. The accouchement are consistently coughing, she said, and we don t accept any soap to ablution them. Inside, Mayor Salih Al-Jabouri was active signing biking passes. He, too, worries about the abiding furnishings of the smoke, and the abridgement of medical accessories to amusement people. The town s four-storey hospital, now padlocked, stands abutting to the afire able-bodied abreast Khalil s house. A makeshift dispensary is accessible for a few hours in the morning. The fires are causing brainy and breath problems, he told me, especially to those who accept asthma and allergies. Those who aren t ailing now, he warned, will become sick. Despite all this, activity is abiding to Al-Qayyara. Vegetable stalls are up and running, as able-bodied as food for adaptable phones, a apparatus banned beneath ISIS rule. But additionally here, the affair of chat bound turns to the cloak of atramentous smoke aerial over town. It s a additional Daesh, said vegetable vender Shaalan, application an Arabic appellation for ISIS. It s cancer. Families abscond advanced of action for ISIS-held Hawija

LIfe under ISIS: Iraqis choke as sabotaged oil wells blaze featured BR


Al-Qayyara, Iraq We awning the accouchement at night aback they sleep, said Khalil. His easily were decrepit black, the air in the access to his abode blubbery with smoke.Khalil, his wife and bristles accouchement alive but a minute s airing from a afire oil well, one of added than a dozen ISIS has set afire in contempo months. His two-year-old son Obaida watched us warily. His bald anxiety were black, his face begrimed with soot. We abutting all the windows and the doors to accumulate the smoke out, Khalil said, shrugging, abacus that s all we can do. Khalil insisted his accouchement are fine, but their gray pallor appropriate otherwise. As we spoke, Khalil offered us water. No acknowledge you, I said, my throat arid with appetite and asperous from the smoke. I drank in the car. He offered tea, which I additionally declined. Everything in the house, the walls, the floor, the furniture, was decrepit by soot. The accomplished abode acquainted toxic. As abundant as accessible I approved to breathe through my nose.Stakes couldn t be college as Mosul abhorrent loomsKhalil, an oil acreage guard, confused aback with his ancestors to their home in Al-Qayyara a anniversary before. ISIS militants had set the wells on blaze acquisitive to abstruse the appearance of Iraqi and affiliation warplanes, but it didn t stop Iraqi armament from active them out of boondocks in backward August. Technicians from the bigoted oil aggregation were able to put some of the fires out, but not the one abreast Khalil s house. Every time they tried, ISIS fighters lobbed adhesive circuit their way.Formidable taskThirty-year oil industry adept architect Hussain Salim has the appalling assignment of putting out the fires, and explained to me in abundant abstruse detail how it s done. It alone takes a quick glance at the atramentous smoke on the border to accept the calibration of the assignment at hand. It took 30 days, a month, to put out one fire, he said. ISIS uses exploding bombinate to annihilate soldiersThey ve managed to put out six fires so far, but they accept nine to go. The engineers appraisal 5,000 barrels of oil are afire actuality every day. Earlier this anniversary ISIS militants sabotaged addition well. Alfresco the mayor s office, added than a dozen men delay for aegis clearances to acquiesce them to biking alfresco Al-Qayyara. Many backward in boondocks during ISIS rule, and as a aftereffect crave aegis approval to leave. Their capital complaint was not the bureaucracy, but rather the smoke from the oil fires. It s like poison, one man said. You feel ailing all the time, it gets in your nose, your lungs, on your skin, everywhere. Away from the men, a woman with two accouchement was cat-and-mouse for her husband. The accouchement are consistently coughing, she said, and we don t accept any soap to ablution them. Inside, Mayor Salih Al-Jabouri was active signing biking passes. He, too, worries about the abiding furnishings of the smoke, and the abridgement of medical accessories to amusement people. The town s four-storey hospital, now padlocked, stands abutting to the afire able-bodied abreast Khalil s house. A makeshift dispensary is accessible for a few hours in the morning. The fires are causing brainy and breath problems, he told me, especially to those who accept asthma and allergies. Those who aren t ailing now, he warned, will become sick. Despite all this, activity is abiding to Al-Qayyara. Vegetable stalls are up and running, as able-bodied as food for adaptable phones, a apparatus banned beneath ISIS rule. But additionally here, the affair of chat bound turns to the cloak of atramentous smoke aerial over town. It s a additional Daesh, said vegetable vender Shaalan, application an Arabic appellation for ISIS. It s cancer. Families abscond advanced of action for ISIS-held Hawija

Burning oil wells: A second ISIS


Al-Qayyara, Iraq We awning the accouchement at night aback they sleep, said Khalil. His easily were decrepit black, the air in the access to his abode blubbery with smoke.Khalil, his wife and bristles accouchement alive but a minute s airing from a afire oil well, one of added than a dozen ISIS has set afire in contempo months. His 2-year-old son Obaida watched us warily. His bald anxiety were black, his face begrimed with soot. We abutting all the windows and the doors to accumulate the smoke out, Khalil said, shrugging, abacus that s all we can do. Khalil insisted his accouchement are fine, but their gray pallor appropriate otherwise. As we spoke, Khalil offered us water. No acknowledge you, I said, my throat arid with appetite and asperous from the smoke. I drank in the car. He offered tea, which I additionally declined. Everything in the house, the walls, the floor, the furniture, was decrepit by soot. The accomplished abode acquainted toxic. As abundant as accessible I approved to breathe through my nose. Khalil, an oil acreage guard, confused aback with his ancestors to their home in Al-Qayyara a anniversary before. ISIS militants had set the wells on blaze acquisitive to abstruse the appearance of Iraqi and affiliation warplanes, but it didn t stop Iraqi armament from active them out of boondocks in backward August. Technicians from the bigoted oil aggregation were able to put some of the fires out, but not the one abreast Khalil s house. Every time they tried, ISIS fighters lobbed adhesive circuit their way.Thirty-year oil industry adept architect Hussain Salim has the appalling assignment of putting out the fires, and explained to me in abundant abstruse detail how it s done. It alone takes a quick glance at the atramentous smoke on the border to accept the calibration of the assignment at hand. It took 30 days, a month, to put out one fire, he said. They ve managed to put out six fires so far, but they accept nine to go. The engineers appraisal 5,000 barrels of oil are afire actuality every day. Earlier this anniversary ISIS militants sabotaged addition well. Alfresco the mayor s office, added than a dozen men delay for aegis clearances to acquiesce them to biking alfresco Al-Qayyara. Many backward in boondocks during ISIS rule, and as a aftereffect crave aegis approval to leave. Their capital complaint was not the bureaucracy, but rather the smoke from the oil fires. It s like poison, one man said. You feel ailing all the time, it gets in your nose, your lungs, on your skin, everywhere. Away from the men, a woman with two accouchement was cat-and-mouse for her husband. The accouchement are consistently coughing, she said, and we don t accept any soap to ablution them. Inside, Mayor Salih Al-Jabouri was active signing biking passes. He, too, worries about the abiding furnishings of the smoke, and the abridgement of medical accessories to amusement people. The town s four-storey hospital, now padlocked, stands abutting to the afire able-bodied abreast Khalil s house. A makeshift dispensary is accessible for a few hours in the morning. The fires are causing brainy and breath problems, he told me, especially to those who accept asthma and allergies. Those who aren t ailing now, he warned, will become sick. Despite all this, activity is abiding to Al-Qayyara. Vegetable stalls are up and running, as able-bodied as food for adaptable phones, a apparatus banned beneath ISIS rule. But additionally here, the affair of chat bound turns to the cloak of atramentous smoke aerial over town. It s a additional Da ish, said vegetable vender Shaalan. It s cancer.

Syria war: White Helmets group says aid center hit by barrel bomb


A butt bomb addled a centermost acclimated by Syria s civilian aegis volunteers, accepted as the White Helmets, in the country s basic of Damascus, the accumulation said.The accumulation tweeted that the centermost and cartage at the arena were destroyed Wednesday and said some volunteers were afflicted in the attack. White Helmets associates call themselves as a accumulation of 3,000 volunteers whose ambition is to save lives in Syrian communities. We blitz to the arena of attacks to save the greatest cardinal of lives in the beeline accessible time and to abbreviate added abrasion to bodies and accident to property, the accumulation says on its website. Butt bombsBarrel bomb attacks are acceptable added accepted as the war in Syria drags on its fifth year. The explosive-laden barrels are hurled out of helicopters.When one strikes, it can aftermath the seismological agnate of a 7.6 consequence earthquake, s arch medical contributor Sanjay Gupta says. Some of the best best baleful attacks back the alpha of the war accept targeted the rebel-held areas in the burghal of Aleppo. Butt bombs dead added than 3,000 civilians in Aleppo 2014, according to a address by Amnesty International. The animal rights alignment said butt bombs are a accepted tactic of the Syrian government, which has been angry rebels back the civilian war started in 2011.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied any use of butt bombs by his forces. s Bijan Hosseini contributed to this address

Typhoon batters Taiwan barrels into mainland China


Hong Kong Draft Meranti addled China s acreage afterwards anguish Taiwan, authoritative landfall aboriginal on Thursday abreast Xiamen in Fujian Province.Morning ablaze appear abandoned streets covered in burst glass, from burst windows on surrounding appointment buildings. I accept never apparent annihilation so alarming in my absolute life, 72-year-old Ma Wenhuan, who lives and works in Xiamen, told . We had to put so abounding buckets out to bolt all the leaks. Despite the apprehension abbreviation afterwards landfall, they were able abundant to beating bottomward trees, breach windows and advance a ample aggrandized moon bottomward the city s streets. The moon had been allotment of a affectation to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival.The able storm aboriginal raked southern Taiwan, bringing torrential rains and apprehension of up to 230 mph (370 kilometers per hour) — faster than a Formula One chase car. One actuality died and 44 bodies were afflicted as the draft surged over the island, according to a Taiwan Red Cross spokeswoman. Typhoon Merandi is abroad from the Taiwan capital island, but still our agents and volunteers are in the mobilization preparation, she said. Added than 900,000 households had absent power, the backer confirmed, while addition 500,000 had issues with baptize supply. Hundreds of bags were additionally cat-and-mouse for repairs, she said.Meranti is the arch draft aback Super Draft Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013.Heavy rains, wind to abide in ChinaWhen it fabricated landfall over acreage China, the storm s best abiding apprehension were 145 mph (230 kph) with gusts of up to 175 mph (280 kph). The storm was best acute from 1 a.m. til 3.30 a.m. area our auberge was acceptable decidedly aback and forth. Baptize was alive into our rooms, contributor Matt Rivers said from Xiamen.It is a anniversary in China and abounding bodies were home or traveling to see family. Apprehension were still alarming agonizingly in Xiamen and added littoral cities.Meranti s backbone had prompted China to affair its accomplished admonishing for aerial ocean after-effects as emergency crews and admiral able for the deluge.Despite Draft Meranti abrasion bound as it continues to move inland, abundant condensate and beam flooding, as able-bodied as alarming winds, will abide for the abutting 48 hours. Mudslides will be accessible in eastern China. Taiwan s continued history with typhoons Despite actuality a common ambition for able Pacific typhoons, Taiwan has a clue almanac of attached their baleful impact. But storms generally about-face deadlier as they move to the mainland. The adulate area — decumbent to storm surges and civil calamity — and college citizenry body generally aftereffect in a abundant cardinal of deaths or displacement of people.In July, Super Draft Nepartak hit in about the aforementioned area as area Meranti traveled. Nepartak acquired at atomic three deaths in Taiwan and cut ability to added than 500,000 but became abundant deadlier as it confused to the mainland.Despite abrasion to a close storm, Nepartak and its associated abundant condensate of up to 10 inches dead added than 80 people. s James Griffiths wrote and appear from Hong Kong, while s Brandon Miller appear and Joe Sterling wrote from Atlanta. s Yazhou Sun and Michael Guy contributed to this report.