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BAGHDAD (AP) - A witness says militants have hung their black banners at Iraq's largest oil refinery, though a top security official says the government still holds it.

The Iraqi who drove past the refinery on Thursday said the militants also manned checkpoints around the Beiji facility some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, and that a huge fire in one of its tankers was raging. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared reprisals.

The security official in Baghdad said the government force protecting the refinery was still inside Thursday. The official also spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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