Iraq army says fully controls Rutba city in W. Iraq

Scores of ISIL militants mounted a daring attack on Rutba on Monday

Iraq army says fully controls Rutba city in W. Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Iraqi army said Tuesday it has fully seized control of the Rutba city in western Iraq from ISIL militants. 

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.

 
Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2016, 13:35
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