ISIS closing in on Baiji and energy infrastructure

The militant jihadist group that has taken control of Mosul and Fallujah is now pushing to control other key areas of northern Iraq.
Children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIS in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 10, 2014. (STRINGER/Reuters)

KIRKUK - The al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is moving on the Baiji refinery and other energy infrastructure, one facet of a coordinated campaign that has seen it take over the city of Mosul entirely while spreading thin remaining Iraqi security forces, many of which abandoned post in Mosul and other areas on Tuesday.

Successfully taking over Baiji, Iraq's largest and frequently attacked refinery, would be a harrowing coup for ISIS and its allied insurgent and tribal forces. Before a crackdown in 2007, the refinery was a major source of consistent revenue for al-Qaida.

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