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Iraqi Forces, Militants Battle for Oil Refinery

Iraqi government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery on Thursday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waited for a U.S. response to an appeal for air strikes to beat back the threat to Baghdad. Sunni militants hung their black banners on watch towers at Iraq's Beiji oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting the vital facility had fallen to the insurgents, the Associated Press reported. However, a top Iraq security official said the...

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