ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi forces alongside Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militias have cleared the town of Baiji in Salahadin province of the Islamic State, said a Hashd al-Shaabi spokesperson in a press conference Tuesday.
“Bomb disposal teams and Iraqi joint forces have begun defusing landmines and clearing the town of the group’s remaining elements,” said Karim Nuri, a spokesperson from the Hashd al-Shaabi.
“There are still ISIS elements inside Baiji ambushing our forces to halt us from any further advance and we ought to take them away,” Nuri added.
The Hashd al-Shaabi released a video via social media purportedly showing Iraqi forces partially in control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery in Baiji, and ISIS corpses in the streets.
Mohammed Mahmoud, the mayor of Baiji, told Rudaw on the same day the security situation in Baiji was partially stable and Iraqi joint forces have been clearing the town from ISIS militants.
The town was captured by ISIS in June, but the larger refinery facility, which is the biggest refinery in Iraq, remained under the control of the Iraqi army’s Golden Brigade special forces unit.