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Islamic firefighters praying at mid-day. They are praying twice before beginning work on the oil fire in the background. By praying twice, they do not have to stop later in the day if they are at a critical stage in extinguishing the fire. These are members of the Kuwait Wild Well Killers (KWWK). They are working in Iraq's Rumeilah oil field. They will extinguish the fire and stop the flow of gas and oil by using a device called a stinger, a tapered pipe on the end of a long steel boom controlled by a bulldozer. Mud is pumped under high pressure through the stinger and into the well. The wells were set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops during the invasion by coalition forces in March 2003.
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