By John Lee.
Security sources report that the Iraqi army has broken the five-month-long seige of Baiji [Beiji, Bayji] oil refinery in Salahadin province.
Baiji is the largest town to be recaptured from Islamic State (IS) fighters since its offensive across northern Iraq in June.
Xinhua News Agency suggests that the capture of Baiji would let the Iraqi security forces launch another major offensive to expel the IS militants from Tikrit.
(Sources: Xinhua, Washington Post)