Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) has claimed duty for a rocket assault that set an oil refinery in northern Iraq on fireplace. The refinery was beforehand put out of motion by IS throughout the caliphate’s Iraqi marketing campaign.
Two rockets struck the Siniya refinery on Sunday afternoon, hitting a gasoline storage depot and setting the ability ablaze, Reuters reported. Shortly afterwards, Islamic State took duty for the assault.
There have been no casualties reported, however the blaze halted manufacturing on the website.
Manufacturing was solely restarted at Siniya in 2017, after the ability was broken by IS militants of their post-2013 growth throughout a lot of Iraq and Syria. A small refinery, Siniya had an output of 20,000 barrels per day earlier than its destruction, a fraction of the 310,000 put out by the close by Baiji refinery, which is Iraq’s largest. Baiji was additionally destroyed and looted by IS militants in 2015.
Because the recapture of each amenities by Iraqi safety forces, the terrorist group has however continued to launch sporadic assaults on the 2 refineries. A bomb blast in 2018 killed one Siniya employee and wounded 11 others, whereas IS fighters killed three government-backed militia fighters in Baiji that very same 12 months. A number of gun battles have since damaged out between IS militants and pro-government forces within the villages surrounding the refineries.
IS’ growth was halted by the Iraqi and Syrian governments, in addition to the Russian army, Kurdish fighters, Iranian-backed militias, and a US bombing marketing campaign. Although the group has misplaced all of its territorial positive aspects and is – within the phrases of US President Donald Trump – “100% obliterated,” IS’ adherents proceed to periodically launch assaults all through the Center East, with a roadside bombing and gun assault close to Baiji killing at the least six Iraqi safety officers and 4 civilians earlier this month.
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