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Iraq's Abadi Sees Battle for Baiji as Key to IS Ouster

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the battle over the northern town of Baiji and its refinery — Iraq's largest — was critical to the fight against Islamic State. The town, about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Baghdad, has been a battlefront for more than a year since its seizure by the Islamists in June 2014 as they swept through much of northern Iraq toward the capital. If Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militia fighters regain full control around Baiji, it could help...

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