Spokesperson says government troops have seized Baiji town from Isis militants
- Troops loyal to Iraqs central government are now in full control of Baiji town
- Isis militants were driven out on 20 October
- Baiji town lies 8 kilometers from Iraqs largest refinery
Troops loyal to Iraqs central government are now in full control of the town of Baiji, which lies 8 kilometers away from the countrys largest refinery.
Government forces and affiliated paramilitary organisations drove militants from the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) out of the town on 20 October, according to Joint Military Command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, who spoke to the news organisation Associated Press.
Rasool did not give details about the battle for the town.
Isis captured Baiji and then parts of the nearby oil refinery when it captured large swathes of Iraqi territory in June 2014.
The area around the refinery has been the scene of fierce fighting since then, with territory frequently changing hands.
The strategic value of taking control of the refinery has diminished due to the fact it is no longer operational, but controlling the area still retains a significant symbolic value, according to analysts.