Once fixable, Baiji refinery plundered beyond repair

An early damage assessment, conducted after Iraq's largest refinery was liberated from IS militants in October 2015, gave some hope it could be rehabilitated. But now there's little left to save.
A view of the Baiji oil refinery compound on Dec. 8, 2014. (AHMED SAAD/Reuters)

It once provided half of Iraq's refined fuel, but now the Baiji refinery is gone.

The country's largest oil refinery was damaged significantly in scores of attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), beginning in June 2014. IS fighters ultimately overran the facility in April 2015.

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