World Bulletin / News Desk
ISIL militants attacked government forces and their militia allies on Saturday, killing 11 near the city of Baiji as part of the battle for control of Iraq's biggest refinery, army and police sources said.
Four suicide bombers in vehicles packed with explosives hit security forces and the local headquarters of the Shi'ite militias in the area of al-Hijjaj, 10 km to the south of Baiji town, near the refinery, sources at the nearby Tikrit security operations command said.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of 450 more U.S. troops to Anbar to advise and assist fragile Iraqi forces being built up to try to retake territory lost to ISIL.
Iraq has been struggling to find a formula for stability since the last U.S. troops withdrew in 2011.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2015, 14:40