Sunni volunteers from Mosul take part in military training as they prepare to fight against militants of the Islamic State on the outskirts of Dohuk province December 8, 2014. Picture taken December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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ISIS militants forced Iraqi forces to retreat Wednesday after fierce fighting in the city of Beiji, close to the country's biggest oil refinery, a local official and tribal leader said.They knew staying inside Beiji would help ISIS to drag the army into a war of attrition," said an army major, on condition of anonymity.Before they withdrew, ISIS fighters had been aiming mortar and sniper fire at the army and militias from the city's outskirts.The peshmerga also recently worked alongside Iraqi security forces and militia fighters to retake the towns of Jalawla and Saadiyah in eastern Iraq.
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