Shiite combatants gather to fight against ISIS militants in Beiji, Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer
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Teamed up with paramilitary forces, Iraqi government troops on Tuesday drove ISIS militants out of a key oil refinery town north of Baghdad, a government spokesman said.Gen. Yahya Rasool, told The Associated Press that the troops imposed "full control" on the town, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad.Iraq announced that troops had recaptured the entire refinery last week.The government troops were backed by paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militia fighters.Filanowski and other U.S. officials in Baghdad, said there are about 15,000 Iraqi forces in the Beiji area, including about 5,000 government soldiers and 10,000 members of the miltias known as the popular mobilization forces.
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