After declaring victory in the city of Tikrit, the next significant operation for Iraqi forces will likely be clearing out Islamic State fighters from the refinery city of Baiji, a U.S. military official said on Thursday.

“I just happen to think that’s really the next significant military maneuver,” the senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to a small group of reporters.

Last November, Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite paramilitary groups managed to break a months-long siege of the Baiji refinery that had forced it to shut down operations. […]