Iraqi government forces have seized large areas of the town of Baiji – home to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery – from Islamic State fighters, officials say
(SOURCE) They said the troops controlled some 50% of the town, about 200km (130 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.
IS-led militants took Baiji in June, in one of their earliest victories, but did not capture the refinery.
They control large areas of Iraq and Syria. A US-led coalition has been targeting them with air strikes.
A US defence official said on Saturday that coalition strikes had targeted a gathering of IS leaders near Mosul in northern Iraq, destroying a convoy of vehicles.
He could not confirm whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was present at the time of the attack late on Friday.
IS supporters have since denied the jihadist commander was there.