Iraq’s forces drive IS militants from key town

FILE – In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, al-Qaeda-inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi army Humvee at a checkpoint outside an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive.                (AP Photo, File)

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Battle for Iraq refinery as U.S. hesitates to strike

A member of Iraqi security forces searches volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, in Baghdad June 19, 2014.  REUTERS-Ahmed Saad

A member of Iraqi security forces searches volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, in Baghdad June 19, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Ahmed Saad

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