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Who is really behind torching of Iraqi grain fields?

The setting afire of grain fields in disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil flames ethnic tensions between Arabs and Kurds.

An Iraqi woman works in a field on the outskirts the capital, Baghdad, Feb. 28, 2009. ALI YUSSEF/AFP/Getty Images

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Thousands of dunams of wheat and barley crops were torched this month in Kirkuk, Ninevah, Salahuddin and Diyala provinces, adding agony to the harsh lives of Iraqi farmers and raising the question of who is really behind the fires. 

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed for 13 fires, and described the fields as being owned by “infidels.” However, some Kurds accuse Arabs in the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil of incinerating Kurdish farmers' fields.

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