Iraqi security forces encounter burning debris on patrol, as ISIL increase Iraq gains
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 01:06
June 11 - Iraqi military and police patrolling a road in Kirkuk encounter burning vehicles along the road and fire their weapons, as Sunni insurgents advance from Mosul. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Kirkuk's police chief and security forces faced burning and abandoned vehicles as they patrolled the road near Hawaija on Wednesday (June 11).
Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group advanced into Iraq's biggest oil refinery on Wednesday after seizing the northern city of Mosul in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government.
Security sources said militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- Sunni militants waging sectarian war on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, drove into the town of Baiji late on Tuesday in armed vehicles, torching the court house and police station after freeing prisoners.
ISIL also advanced into areas south of Kirkuk province on the borders with Mosul and took control of a number of areas in Hawaija districts before taken back by police and army forces.
Reuters footage showed a group of police firing while plume of smoke were billowing from burning military vehicles.
The militants offered safe passage to some 250 men guarding the refinery on condition they surrendered and pull out.
Baiji resident Jasim al-Qaisi, said the militants had also asked senior tribal chiefs in Baiji to persuade local police and soldiers not to resist their takeover.
Baiji refinery supplies oil products to most of Iraq's provinces. A worker there said the morning shift had not been allowed to take over and the night shift was still on duty.
The push into Baiji began hours after ISIL overran Mosul, one of the great Sunni historic cities, putting security forces to flight and serving their aim of creating a Sunni Caliphate straddling the border between Iraq and Syria.
ISIL has become a dominant player in Iraq and Syria where it has seized over the past year a string of cities, often fighting other Sunni groups, with the aim of establishing an Islamic Caliphate.
An estimated 500,000 Iraqis have already fled their homes in Mosul, home to some 2 million people, and the surrounding province in fear, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday.
The fall of Mosul is a slap to Baghdad's efforts to quash Sunni militants who have regained ground and strength in Iraq over the past year, seizing Sunni towns of Falluja and parts of Ramadi in the desert west of Baghdad at the start of the year.
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