Middle East

June 17, 2014

Key Iraqi oil refinery shuts down as Islamists press to seize it

The oil refinery in the town of Baiji supplies at least 40 percent of Iraq’s gasoline production, making it one of the most crucial facilities in a country that, despite its oil wealth, must import gasoline to feed the foreign-made automobiles that have flooded Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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