The violence between ISIS militia group and Iraqi forces over Iraq’s largest oil refinery, on Friday saw Iraqi forces recapture two towns located approximately 3 kilometers south of Baiji oil refinery.
A senior Iraqi military official has confirmed that Iraqi forces have now gained full control of these two towns around Baiji Oil Refinery which have been under control of ISIS since earlier this week when the militants captured several major surrounding towns.
Iraqi forces together with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have continuously launched airstrikes on the extremists killing close to 200 ISIS fighters who have been fighting to capture Baiji Oil Refinery.
ISIS under the leadership of Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has been fighting the Iranian government to take control of major oil refineries in Iraq. The group has been known to make their money through selling crude oil, money laundering, smuggling and extortion.
The sale of crude oil in Iraq by ISIS is set to finance the group in conducting its extreme activities.
Iraqi forces are however fighting these fighters in Beiji to ensure that they recapture that all towns surrounding Baiji Oil Refinery. This way, the Islamic radicals will not be at a position to capture the refinery.