In this Thursday, July 31, 2014 file photo, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, after an attack by Islamic militants. (AP Photo, File)
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The Iraqi army's next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken ISIS's hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said Monday.The town of Baiji lies north of Tikrit along the Tigris River and the brigadier general said Iraqi forces would also close in on the key city from Samarra to the south and from eastern regions.Iraqi forces also broke a months-long siege on the nearby Baiji oil refinery, the country's largest, and joined up with elite troops who had been holding off ISIS onslaughts for months.
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