Shaky grip on northern road as Iraq pushes advance against IS




 
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December 9th, 2014  
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Topic: Shaky grip on northern road as Iraq pushes advance against IS


By Dominic Evans TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - From somewhere, a sniper opened fire on the seven battle-scarred Humvees of Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi's convoy as they rode on a crater-pocked highway. The convoy's gunners replied with volleys of fire. The drivers did not stop. Obeidi was proving a point by making his first visit to Iraq's biggest oil refinery, where a battle that broke a five month siege has been the main focus of the government's U.S.-backed fightback against Islamic State. ...




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