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Iraqi officials say government forces have driven IS militants out of refinery town of Beiji

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, al-Qaeda-inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi army Humvee at a checkpoint outside an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, al-Qaeda-inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi army Humvee at a checkpoint outside an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive. (AP Photo, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, a column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The government forces on Friday, Nov. 14, drove Islamic State militants out from their remaining strongholds inside the oil refinery town of Beiji, two security official said, in a key victory over the terror group that has captured much of northern and western Iraq in a stunning summer offensive. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian Kurdish man stands behind a barbed wire fence that marks the Turkey-Syria border on the outskirts of Kobani, seen from the Turkish side of the border outside the village of Yumurtalik on the Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A Syrian Kurdish man stands behind a barbed wire fence that marks the Turkey-Syria border on the outskirts of Kobani, seen from the Turkish side of the border outside the village of Yumurtalik on the Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Two Iraqi security officials say that government forces have driven out Islamic State militants from the entire oil refinery town of Beiji, north of Baghdad.

The officials say that Iraqi troops on Friday also lifted the Islamic State group's siege of the oil refinery, Iraq's largest.

The officials, reached by phone in Beiji, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Iraqi state TV also reported the "liberation of Beiji," quoting the top army commander there, Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi.

Islamic State extremists captured Beiji during their summer blitz across north and western Iraq. The Iraqi forces had collapsed in the face of that onslaught but have since partially regrouped and went on the offensive, with Beiji the biggest locality they have recaptured to date.