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Tags: Iraq | ISIS | ISIL | Islamic State | Baiji | refinery

Militants Make Renewed Push for Main Iraq Refinery

Militants Make Renewed Push for Main Iraq Refinery
Members of the Iraqi government's Emergency Response Brigade hold a position behind a wall on June 24 in the western city of Ramadi in Anbar province near the Baiji refinery. (Getty Images)

Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:28 AM EDT

ISIS terrorists have launched a renewed push to seize Iraq's main oil refinery north of Baghdad, battling security forces backed by air support, a police officer and witnesses said on Sunday.

The fighting, in which the militants attacked the Baiji refinery from three sides, broke out on Saturday evening and continued into Sunday, the sources said.

Militants have repeatedly sought to overrun the country's largest refinery, which once accounted for some 50 percent of Iraq's supplies of refined oil products.

While they have previously managed to enter the refinery compound, security forces were able to push them back.

Jihadist-led fighters launched a major offensive in June in Iraq, overrunning large areas of five provinces and sweeping security forces aside.

The unrest has hit northern oil production and shipments, but Iraq's massive southern fields and export terminals remain unaffected.

© AFP 2022


MiddleEast
ISIS terrorists have launched a renewed push to seize Iraq's main oil refinery north of Baghdad, battling security forces backed by air support, a police officer and witnesses said on Sunday.
Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State, Baiji, refinery
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2014-28-24
Sunday, 24 August 2014 06:28 AM
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