Twilight News / beat volley from a sniper hiding in the nearby seven Humvees, showing signs of fighting, while the Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi’s motorcade cut a highway full of potholes that summoned a similar response from the armed bodyguards but drivers and continued driving.
Obeidi and sought his first visit to the largest oil refinery in Iraq to prove his point of view after the main focus of the government backed by the United States on the battle that ended the siege lasted five months for the refinery by the organization of the Islamic state hardline fighters.
And wanted al-Obeidi clarify that the success of the defense minister in the cut 30 kilometer drive on a highway in the desert separating the military air base near the city of Tikrit and Baiji refinery is one of the few military achievements of the government since the collapse of the Iraqi army, most of its positions in northern Iraq and abandoned in June.
Three weeks ago, managed by government forces and Shiite groups loyal to finally break the siege of the refinery after the steadfastness of soldiers from the special forces inside.
Along the highway were indications of the existence of life barely visible while hampered drilling caused by improvised explosive devices planted on the road to traffic and it seemed evident, built over the highway two-track bridge.
On the side of the road seemed high pressure crumbling and dilapidated communications tower columns in addition to a number of burnt or destroyed buildings. While the emergence of successively outstanding religious banners bearing slogans and pictures glorifying the Shiite factions in a scene with ocean Atnavr a Sunni majority in.
Perhaps the short highway between Baiji and Tikrit, paving the car is that of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein -msagt still under the control of the Islamic State fighters mainly and like most of the highway southbound.
To access the Baiji was Obeidi to fly first to the Desert airport near Tikrit, which now holds Spaetcher -timna name of Navy US-manned when taken by US forces as its main base in northern Iraq during the eight years of its occupation of Iraq.
He spent Obeidi several hours close to the front lines and met with officers and soldiers and asked them about their food and places of their sleep and their salaries until he gave a desperate soldiers at a checkpoint at the southern main entrance to Tikrit envelope inside a sum of money while two helicopters Tracban his movements throughout the trip.
At the entrance to the Baiji refinery complex number of burnt-storage containers appeared while the damage did not affect large parts inside. However, they are free of the workers who run the organs.
* Appeal for more air support
When fighters stormed an Islamic state in the region last June him hundreds of recruits, mostly belonging to the Shia in Spaetcher themselves to the organization of the executed later shot and buried in mass graves.
The body of the army’s inability to defend recruits in Spaetcher a minimum level during combat dilapidation in front of what appeared to be an attack can not be repelled by the organization of the Islamic state.
Sunni and al-Obeidi of Mosul in northern Iraq’s largest cities with a high grip under the Islamic state after it fell during the progress of hardcore fighters in June.
Obeidi and took office in October after the appointment of Haider Abadi, a new prime minister.
Abadi and make the most important priorities of the reform of the army and ease the tension between the government dominated by Shiites and Sunnis in Baghdad.
And disqualify Obeidi blamed for the collapse of the north to the corruption of institutions and choice is the conciliator of the leaders of the army which are said to have been treated.
Last week, al-Abadi said he discovered the existence of 50 thousand imaginary soldier lists monthly salaries. He pointed out that these soldiers were bribing the officers responsible for them a portion of their salary in exchange for absenteeism service and thus they contribute to the enrichment of their leaders and unloading of military capabilities.
Since taking office Ebadi expel army -mdauma Shiite factions and security forces of the Kurdish region of Kurdistan Islamic State fighters from the town of rock cliff southwest of Baghdad, and the two towns close to the Iranian border.
However, the Islamic state has strengthened its control in contrast to the Anbar province, Iraq’s largest provinces, which includes the Euphrates River valley west of Baghdad, and resumed attacks in other places.
Obeidi said Iraq needs to further support the US-led coalition, which performs flight military strikes on Islamic sites of the state.
“You can (Alliance) to weaken the Islamic state capacity by 70 to 80 percent if carried out more air operations.”
Commenting on al-Obeidi told Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of allied operations against the Islamic state ruled out of Kuwait and there are no immediate plans to increase the raids and said, “As Iraqis assume operations (land) we will continue to carry out raids.”
He visited the US defense secretary, outgoing Chuck Hagel of Baghdad on Tuesday for talks with Iraqi officials.
* Fear of factions
It was possible to hear the echo of the fighting in several stations during a visit to al-Obeidi.
In Tikrit University in the northern suburbs of the city where the soldiers are stationed on Tuesday instead of military students said that dozens of Islamic militants stormed State Building on Friday after the attack from the north and east across the Tigris River, but they were forced to retreat after a day-long fight.
Outside of the Baiji refinery tension master of the situation was the result of concern is not the Sunni militant fighters but from Shiite groups that relied upon Baghdad stopped.
He said Sabah al-Jubouri, a Muslim policeman “in the towns of the Islamic State Stzbhani.”
Jubouri was speaking outside the office of the army coordinating military operations with headbands right and Hezbollah Brigades, two of the Shiite groups fighting in this region.
He said al-Jubouri, “There is no cooperation with us.”
SHIRQAT town north of the country from which al-Jubouri, under the occupation of organizing the Islamic state remains.
After more than a decade on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the passage after years of bloody sectarian fighting, the US administration has pledged to send 3,100 military trainers and advisers are working but not as soldiers field.
While al-Jubouri confirmed that international intervention firm alone is able to save his country and asked, “Tell me .. When the Americans come from?