American forces are trying to relieve pressure on Iraqi forces at the geographically important Baiji oil refinery, hitting militants with 26 air strikes since Tuesday and helping drop 18 pallets of supplies, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.
Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference at the Pentagon that Baiji was an important part of Iraq’s oil infrastructure and also significant because it is on the road from Kirkuk to Mosul, which is occupied by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
“It actually also sits on a corridor that runs from the Tigris River valley to the Euphrates River valley. And so it’s geographically significant as well as significant economically,” Dempsey said.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر