Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the northern refinery town of Beiji from Islamic State militants on Sunday, a general said.

The commander of the Interior Ministry’s Quick Reaction Forces, Brig. Gen. Nassir al-Fartousi, told state TV that the Iraqi flag was raised over a local government building in Beiji and that troops were advancing to other areas, without elaborating.

The spokesman of Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, said the security forces “are now controlling” the downtown Beiji area, describing the advance as an “important victory.” […]