Iraq clears massive oil refinery of Daesh: coalition

Published April 19th, 2015 - 07:21 GMT
Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.
Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, the coalition said Sunday.

Iraqi forces, supported by US-led coalition airstrikes, have taken back parts of the country's largest oil refinery from Daesh, AFP reported Sunday.

The success comes two weeks after Daesh took control of parts of the Baiji oil refinery's facilities. The extremist group has tried for 10 months to take control of the massive refinery, where 200,000-300,000 barrels of oil were produced a day before facilities were shut down in June.

Iraqi troops "have regained full control of the Baiji Oil Refinery after having successfully cleared the massive facility of any remaining IS fighters," the coalition told AFP in a statement. 

In the past nine days, the coalition said it has conducted 47 airstrikes in the Baiji area targeting the militants. Iraqi forces are also sending reinforcements to the facilities. 

The refinery was shut down in June when Daesh temporarily claimed the surrounding area, cutting off supplies. 

 


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