Iraq army taking back refinery town

November 11, 2014 6:41 PM

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Iraq army taking back refinery town

Iraqi soldiers battling the Islamic State group have reportedly recaptured the heart of the town of Beiji, home to the country's largest oil refinery.

Retaking Beiji could allow Iraqi forces a base to attack neighbouring Tikrit, taken by the extremists after their lightning advance this summer. It also represents a morale boost for Iraq's beleaguered security forces after many of its troops fled the militant offensive.

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