Satellite map of Beiji oil refinery, Iraq. VOA

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Military Worries Key Iraqi Refinery Could Fall to Islamic State

Control of Beiji would ‘make it hard to hold Mosul,’ official says

Pentagon officials said they are worried that a key Iraqi oil refinery held by Iraqi commandos could fall to Islamic State control in the coming days.

For weeks, U.S. military officials have said that control of the refinery outside the northern city of Beiji has been bitterly contested between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants, who have long held nearby towns.

But Islamic State fighters have made inroads in recent days, reinforcing their positions around the refinery following their loss of Tikrit to an Iraqi force backed by U.S. airstrikes, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

WNU Editor: This will be a huge loss for Iraq .... and a setback to any future offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul.

More News On The Battle For The Iraqi Refinery At Beiji

Islamic State launch 'fierce' attack Iraq’s largest oil refinery -- The Telegraph
Islamic State Breaches Perimeter of Iraqi Oil Refinery -- VOA
Fierce fighting in Iraq’s largest refinery -- AFP
Islamic State threatens Iraqi city, refinery -- Washington Examiner

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