Iraqi Army Liberates Major Oil Refinery in Baiji, kills ISIS commander

Iraqi Army Liberates Major Oil Refinery in Baiji, kills ISIS commander

The Iraqi army liberated on Wednesday the country's largest oil refinery in the central city of Baiji, Salah al-Din province, from Islamic State militants, an officer in counter-terrorist forces said.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced that the Iraqi Armed Forces had started the second phase of a military operation to liberate the central province of Salah al-Din from ISIL.

"The army units and fighters of people's militia managed to completely liberate Baiji oil refinery, there are no signs that some terrorists remain inside," Samir Shuvayli told Iraq's Alsumaria news network.

ISIL has occupied territories in the Salah al-Din province since 2014. In March, the Iraqi army launched an anti-ISIL operation in the province, liberating several of its districts, including the regional capital of Tikrit.

Iraqi Anti-Terrorism announces the death of ISIS military commander in Baiji refinery

Iraqi Anti-Terrorism Force announced on Wednesday the killing of an ISIS military commander in Baiji refinery north of the city of Tikrit.

Media adviser of the Anti-Terrorism Force, Samir Shuwaili, said in a statement that “the anti-terrorism killed the military commander of ISIS in Baiji refinery, along with dozens of ISIS elements in Albu Jawari area north of Baiji district.”


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