A soldier stands guard over the Baiji refinery. (AYMAN OGHANNA/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraqi forces repel IS attacks on key locations

Despite taking heavy losses, Iraqi security forces defended the Baiji refinery and Erbil from a multi-pronged weekend offensive by IS militants.

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Baiji refinery ‘more than a year’ from re-start

Oil Minister Adil Abdulmahdi tours the besieged Baiji refinery on Sept. 11, 2014, a day after formally taking office. (Source: Office of Adil Abdulmahdi)

Iraq's largest oil refinery remains offline with damage assessments incomplete, attacks continuing, and the government unable to control intake or outflow pipeline routes.