Islamic State militants breach perimeter of Iraq’s largest refinery, repelled

An Islamic State fighter inside the Baiji oil refinery complex. Source: Long War Journal

(Reuters) – Islamic State militants breached the security perimeter around Iraq’s largest refinery in Baiji early on Monday but were beaten back by security forces and coalition air strikes, local officials said.

The refinery was under siege for five months after Islamic State militants tore through Iraq last summer. Security forces drove the militants out of the nearby town of Baiji in November.

They subsequently withdrew, leaving a single supply line to the refinery, which the militants cut on Sunday, surrounding the complex once again and setting fire to three oil storage tanks.

“The attack that began two days ago on Baiji refinery is the most violent yet,” said Salahuddin provincial council member Khazaal Hammad…

News of the attack two days ago: Jihadists attack Iraq’s largest oil refinery