Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State




 
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Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State
 
July 2nd, 2015  
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Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State
Iraqi forces have cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of Baiji and hope to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within days, a spokesman for the Shi'ite militias leading the fight said on Thursday. If the Shi'ite Hashd Shaabi fighters and Iraqi security forces regain full control around Baiji, it could help them push north towards the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and offset losses to the Sunni militants in the western province of Anbar. Ahmed al-Asadi, a Hashd Shaabi spokesman, said there were still "pockets of resistance" to the northeast and northwest of the town, and Islamic State fighters were trying to launch attacks from Siniya village, 5 km to the west.




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