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ISIL driven out of largest oil refinery in Iraq

Iraqi army breaks siege of Baiji oil refinery in Iraq which had been under ISIL control since June.

15.11.2014
ISIL driven out of largest oil refinery in Iraq

BAGHDAD

The Iraqi army retook Iraq's largest oil refinery which had been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant for the past four months, according to the information gathered from local sources. 

Local sources said that the ISIL militants had left the Baiji refinery, and that security forces were trying to defuse bombs that ISIL placed in the facility.

Independent sources have not confirmed the action.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense had announced on Nov. 11 that the army had cleared militants out of the Baiji district of the Salahaddin province. 

The Baiji refinery produces one fifth of the oil in Iraq. 

ISIL militants in Iraq took over some of the regions in Iraq, including Mosul in June. Since then, there has been continuous fighting between ISIL and the Iraqi army. The U.S. is leading an international coalition -- including France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia -- which has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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