At Iraq refinery, sniper trained in Syria awaits Islamic State

November 13, 2014 1:18 PM

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - After Iraqi sniper Ali al-Tulaibawi returned from his training on the battlefields of Syria his commander sent him on a months-long mission to shoot Islamic State militants from the towers of Iraq's biggest oil refinery.

Tulaibawi says he is one of the 150 Shi'ite militiamen who, along with Iraqi government forces and security officials were trapped in the Baiji complex after militants surrounded it during a sweep through northern Iraq in June.

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