Iraqi forces clear largest oil refinery of jihadists

Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes cleared the country’s largest oil refinery of the Islamic State group, the international coalition helping Baghdad fight the jihadists say.

IS has repeatedly attempted over the past 10 months to capture the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad, most recently seizing parts of the facility and holding out for days.

Iraqi forces “regained full control of the Baiji Oil Refinery after having successfully cleared the massive facility of any remaining (IS) fighters,” the US-led coalition says in a statement.


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