Tag Archives | Militants

Baiji Refinery Under Attack

By John Lee. Islamist militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, ISIL) have attacked Baiji [Bayji] oil refinery (pictured), 155 miles north of Baghdad. A security official told Associated Press that the attack on Iraq’s largest refinery began late on Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday, with militants targeting it with […]

Iraq Closes Border With Syria

Prim Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government ordered the Iraq border with Syria closed on Tuesday to aid a massive military operation hunting for al-Qaeda and militant hideouts in the western desert of Iraq. Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki has been a strong supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and reports suggested that his government was facilitating the transfer […]

A Return of Illegal Checkpoints?

Illegal checkpoints may be making a resurgence in Iraq. On 12 September militants stopped and killed several Shi’ah pilgrims at one such installation in Anbar province. Recent months have seen a number of similar facilities being set up by armed militants, mainly in the central provinces, but also around some parts of the north of […]