ISIS Terrorists Battle Iraqi Military on Outskirts of Baghdad–
— Salafi Jihadi (@Salafi_Jihadi) June 15, 2014
ISIS militants have launched an attack on Iraq’s largest oil refinery with mortars and machine gun fire, refinery employees say.
ISIS forces battled the Iraqi military on the outskirts of Baghdad.
The Sunni terrorists are battling Iraqi units in Baqubah – 37 miles from Baghdad.
Russia Today reported:
The ISIS has been advancing on the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad over the past week, seizing cities in the north of the country and expanding its sphere of control. The latest city to fall under the control of the militants was Tal Afar, which has a population of about 200,000 people. The city was taken just before dawn Monday, Mayor Abdulal Abdoul confirmed to AP.
Residents of the occupied areas now worry they may be subject to persecution from the hardline Sunni militants.
“The situation is disastrous in Tal Afar. There is crazy fighting and most families are trapped inside houses, they can’t leave town,” a local official told Reuters on Sunday before the city was overrun. “If the fighting continues, a mass killing among civilians could result.”
Here’s a look at the recent developments inside Iraq–
Iraq Situation Report: June 17, 2014
A wounded Iraqi soldier cries after being caught by ISIS.
— ISIS forces have now surrounded Baghdad on three sides.