Iraq’s largest refinery not at risk from IS group

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Iraq’s largest refinery in Baiji is not “at risk” despite an offensive by the Islamic State group that has breached parts of the facility, the US military’s top general said Thursday. The IS militants have “penetrated the outer perimeter” of the vast oil refinery and the US-coalition was concentrating bombing raids and surveillance flights over the area, General Martin Dempsey told reporters. “The refinery itself is at no risk right now, but . . . we’re focusing a lot of our ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) and air support there,” the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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