Oil producers evacuate more staff amid violence in Iraq

Oil producers are evacuating more staff from the Krudistan region as violence escalates in northern Iraq.

Companies Genel Energy Plc and Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. said they are moving forward with increased security, Bloomberg reports.

“In line with moves by other operators, we are taking the prudent and precautionary step of withdrawing non-essential personnel from our non-producing assets in the region,” Genel Energy said in a statement.

President Obama authorized airstrikes on Thursday evening to protect U.S. personnel. Obama also gave the thumbs up for humanitarian airdrops.

On Thursday Reuters reported that Chevron was pulling its staff from the region as well as Islamic State militants pushed into the area. The evacuations on Thursday and Friday follow ones by ExxonMobil and others.