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Iraq retakes strategic oil town of Baiji from jihadists

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Youtube on June 17, 2014, allegedly shows militants from the Islamic State parading with an armoured vehicle after seizing control of the northern Iraqi city of BaijiIraqi forces recaptured the strategic town of Baiji Friday in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the jihadists of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria. Baiji is the largest town to be retaken by government troops since IS-led militants overran much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in June, subsequently declaring an Islamic “caliphate” in Iraqi and Syrian territory.

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