Iraq: 38 ISIS militants killed near Baiji oil refinery

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ERBIL, Kurdistan (Rudaw) – At least 38 ISIS fighters were killed Sunday while trying to take control of the key Baiji oil refinery in northern Salahaddin province, the Military Committee for Iraq Joint Operations reported.

“We killed at least 38 ISIS terrorists when the group was trying to enter the refinery. Our forces also destroyed four of the group’s armored vehicles during the operation,” the committee announced in a Monday statement.

Meanwhile, U.S.-led coalition airstrikes backed Iraqi forces and targeted at least 19 key ISIS position in the area, the statement added.

The so-called Islamic State released a video via social media showing what it claims are its fighters controlling parts of the Baiji oil refinery Sunday.

Despite months of heavy battles between ISIS and Iraqi forces since last year, ISIS fighters have fought on seeking to impose their control around the extensive oil facility, Iraq’s largest.