Baiji militant resized

Baiji refinery still under siege

Insurgents control the area around Iraq's largest refinery, although their attacks have been consistently repelled by elite Iraqi commandos and helicopter gunships.

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Clashes and tension along Kurdistan’s new border

Members of the Kurdish security forces stand guard during an intensive security deployment in Tuz Khurmatu

After gaining new territory, Kurdish forces are providing badly needed security – but in volatile border towns like Tuz Khurmatu, they face tensions with locals and battles with insurgents.