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Iraq

Central gov’t claims to retake Baiji from ISIS

By Rudaw 24/6/2015
A convoy of Iraqi military forces near Baiji refinery at the north of Salahaddin province.  Photo Rudaw
A convoy of Iraqi military forces near Baiji refinery at the north of Salahaddin province. Photo Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi military forces in a joint operation with Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militias have regained total control over the oil-rich city of Baiji, according to a military source.
 
An Iraqi army officer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Rudaw that after a series of fierce clashes with ISIS militants Iraqi military forces finally regained control of Baiji Tuesday night. He added that ISIS militants withdrew from the town and fled north.   
 
On June 7, Shiite militants of Hashd al-Shaabi managed to enter Baiji, located in Iraq’s Salahadin province, but they failed to retake control of all parts of the town from ISIS militants.
 
The Baiji oil refinery, Iraq’s largest oil facility, has been the scene of intense fighting for many weeks. It was partially overtaken by ISIS fighters during heavy fighting last month. The military source did not mention fresh fighting at the refinery specifically, but did say the military was approaching the site. 

Comments

 
Mo | 24/6/2015
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!...... I swear I've lost count! can someone help me out here? is this the 8th or 9th time they "liberate" Baiji? LOOOOOOL
yad | 24/6/2015
I hope this time they say the truth and could retake from ISIS but it is useless due to destroying two third of refinery the central government has to repair it and needs to spend huge money.
HeMan | 25/6/2015
shouldn't this be under the funny section or something?
Johnny | 26/6/2015
Hopefully they learn how to defend Baiji and they dont run away again when they come back! lol
Isis take bagdad. Kurdish State Coming up | 27/6/2015
Hopefully bagdad burns to the ground.
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