World Bulletin / News Desk
On Monday, scores of ISIL militants mounted a daring attack on Rutba, 310 kilometers west of Ramadi.
In a televised statement, the army said the city is now under the full control of Iraqi forces.
The new development comes as the Iraqi army continued a major offensive – which now in the second week -- to recapture the northern city of Mosul from the ISIL group.
The Iraqi prime minister has earlier warned that ISIL may launch attacks on government-ruled areas in response to the Mosul offensive.
The extremist group captured Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in mid-2014 before overrunning large swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions.
The Iraqi army, backed by local allies on the ground and a U.S.-led air coalition, has since retaken much of the territory. Nevertheless, the extremist group remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.