Iraq troops ‘seize Baiji oil refinery town centre’ from IS

U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet jets leave to support military operations against ISIL after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq 11 August 2014

U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet jets leave to support military operations against ISIL after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq 11 August 2014

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.

Baiji refinery
ISIS militants inside an Iraqi army Humvee armoured vehicle in Baiji (17 June 2014)

ISIS-led militants overran the town of Baiji in June, seizing abandoned military vehicles.

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