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Iraqi general says troops advance against IS in key oil refinery town amid clashes

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 28, 2015, Iraq's Badr Brigades Shiite militia detain four men that they suspect of being militants of the Islamic State group outside the oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants on Sunday, June 7, a general said. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 28, 2015, Iraq's Badr Brigades Shiite militia detain four men that they suspect of being militants of the Islamic State group outside the oil refinery in Beiji, some 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants on Sunday, June 7, a general said. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Iraqi general says troops backed by Shiite militias have recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants.

The commander of the Interior Ministry's Quick Reaction Forces, Brig. Gen. Nassir al-Fartousi, told state TV Sunday that the Iraqi flag was raised on a local government building in Beiji and that troops were advancing, without elaborating.

There was no word on the fate of the contested refinery on the town's outskirts.

Beiji, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, fell to the extremist IS group during its blitz across northern Iraq a year ago, but parts of the town and nearby refinery have since been retaken by government forces.