The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched new attacks against the largest refinery in northern Iraq. The ISIL terrorists launched the attacks early in the morning on Thursday, May 7, 2015, fighting against the Iraq Security Forces (ISF).
Militants are inside the buildings and have taken defensive positions inside the refinery. Social media reports that ISF reinforcements have arrived and will start operations soon.
There are reports that the U.S. led coalition had conducted air strikes in Baiji and the surrounding areas.
The Baiji oil refinery is very important to the government of Iraq. The oil refinery produced 300,000 barrels per day and is also a main distributor of diesel fuel. The refinery has not been operational for several months.