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.
Baiji refinery still under siege
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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