Iraqi pro-government forces, including the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit, take part in an operation to retake the Baiji oil refinery from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on April 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED SAWAF
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Reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting with ISIS militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.Gen. Saad Maan denied during his appearance on state television that ISIS had taken over major parts of the refinery, the country's largest, as some Iraqi media reported.Aside from its commercial significance, Beiji is on the road to Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and the main center of ISIS' power in Iraq.The Iraqi government said Tuesday that a joint force of federal police and militias, known as popular mobilization units, are working to clear the road to the refinery.
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