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.
A militant stands guard on a road leading to the Baiji refinery. This photograph, taken in July 2014, was given to Iraq Oil Report by a technician at the refinery.

BAGHDAD - Elite Iraqi soldiers at Iraq's largest oil refinery are still fending off regular attacks by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), more than a month after it first came under attack.

Although the militants have not taken the refinery, they do control the surrounding area – including the roads and pipelines leading to and from the facility – effectively rendering it entirely unusable.

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