ISIL pushed out of largest oil refinary in Iraq

Posted: November 15, 2014 in World News

Iraqi forces say they have driven away Islamic State militants from around the country’s largest oil refinery.

It comes a day after officials said they had retaken the nearby town of Baiji, which had been under militant control since June.

The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, has also arrived in Iraq on an
unannounced visit.

It is his first trip since a US-led coalition began a campaign of air strikes against the militants.
More than 1,000 non-combat American forces are in Iraq to help train the national army.

President Obama has authorised sending up to 1,500 more to support Iraqi forces.


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