By John Lee.
Sunni rebels led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, ISIL) have taken control of Baiji [Bayji] refinery, near the town of Tikrit, according to Al Jazeera sources.
While foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that Iraqi special forces soldiers were in control, the news agency’s sources said that ISIL rebels had offered 460 Iraqi troops still near the refinery safe passage to Erbil if they gave up their weapons. The ISIL would then hand the facility to local Sunni leaders, the sources said.
The loss of the refinery, the country’ third largest, would result in a significant loss of revenue for the government.
(Source: Al Jazeera)