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IS gains ground near capital of Iraq's Anbar


04-16-2015 11:08 BJT

Islamic State militants continue to engage in a fierce firefight with Iraqi forces. Police sources have said that the IS militants have gained ground in western Iraq, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province. Iraqi police came under attack from the insurgents at dawn in Albu Ghanim and withdrew from the area, about 5 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital Ramadi.

The militants blew up the police station in Albu Ghanim and advanced further towards Ramadi. A resident who left Albu Ghanim soon after it fell early on Wednesday, said the insurgents had set up a checkpoint at the main entrance to the village and planted their black flag there.

And gunfire was also heard after the extremist group launched a violent attack on Iraq's largest refinery in the northern city of Baiji. Footage showed that fighters, some dressed in military fatigues, fired their weapons while a number of blazes raged dangerously close to oil storage containers. CCTV is unable to independently verify the content of this video which was obtained from a social media website.

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