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Militants hit main Iraq refinery as PM sacks officers

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Militants pressing a major offensive in Iraq attacked the country's biggest oil refinery Wednesday, as the premier scrambled to regain the initiative by sacking security commanders and reaching out to political rivals. 

Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants, on June 17 2014 in the central city of Karbala

The United States, which is mulling air strikes against the insurgents, said it believed Baghdad's security forces were rallying against the assault, while Iran pledged not to let Shiite shrines in Iraq fall to the Sunni Arab militants leading the charge.

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