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Iraq forces break IS hold on oil refinery

GAINING:The forces reached the gate of the major refinery and hope to expel IS fighters from the area, while the US’ top military officer arrived in the country

AFP, KIRKUK, Iraq

Washington has repeatedly stated that it would not deploy “combat troops” to Iraq, but Dempsey said on Thursday that sending out advisers alongside Iraqi forces was something that “we’re certainly considering.”

As federal forces, Kurdish peshmerga fighters, Sunni tribesmen and Shiite militias battle IS on several fronts, near-daily bombings take their toll.

On Saturday, a blast in an area north of Baghdad killed at least four people, a day after at least 17 died in two explosions in northwestern neighborhoods of the capital.

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