Al-Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint belonging to Iraqi Army outside Beiji refinery some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo)
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A suicide bomber killed eight people including six soldiers Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Beiji, where government forces are trying to reassert control and break a siege by ISIS militants of the country's largest oil refinery nearby.State television quoted the top army commander in Beiji, Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, as saying troops had recaptured Beiji's local government and police headquarters at the center of the town.Saadi later spoke to state television by telephone but the line appeared to be cut off after he said his forces were meeting stiff resistance. Hours after news from Beiji broke, a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a military outpost in the Tarmiyah district north of Baghdad, killing seven soldiers and wounding 13 others, according to police and hospital officials. Those killed included the post's commander, a major, and two other officers, a captain and lieutenant, they said.
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