Islamist militants who seized Iraq's second city of Mosul have advanced to the oil refinery town of Baiji, setting the court house and police station on fire, Reuters reported, citing security sources.
The refinery is protected by around 250 guards, and the militants sent a delegation of local tribal sheikhs to convince them to withdraw, the sources said.
The guards reportedly agreed to pull out on condition they were transferred safely to another town.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."