Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

November 18, 2014 11:54 AM

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Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

Iraqi forces broke a months-long siege by jihadist fighters of the country’s largest oil refinery Saturday as the top US officer flew in to discuss the expanded war against the Islamic State group.

Ousting IS fighters from around the refinery would mark another significant achievement for Baghdad, a day after pro-government forces retook the nearby town of Baiji.

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