Fire from Iraq's biggest oil refinery visible from space

The fire from ongoing clashes between Isis militants and Iraqi forces around Iraq's biggest oil refinery in Baiji, north of Baghdad, can been seen from space.

The picture was taken on June 18th by the Earth Explorer satellite.
The picture was taken on June 18th by the Earth Explorer satellite. Credit: US Geological Survey

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The pictures come as Iraqi forces continue to gather north of Baghdad, hoping to strike back towards the oil refinery.

President Barack Obama offered up to 300 Americans to help coordinate the fight, but has so far refrained from granting a request for air strikes.

Watch: Battle for Iraq's oil continues as Obama considers action

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Islamic State leader calls for jihad in audio message

The leader of the Islamic State, formerly Isis, has released the first audiotape calling for jihad since the group renamed. The group is currently battling Iraqi forces across large parts of the country.