World Bulletin / News Desk
Rebels led by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized four more towns in Iraq's Anbar province, local sources said on Sunday.
The seizure of Rawah, Anah, Ratba and Haditha towns came a day after the terrorist group, facing virtually no resistance, took the control of the town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border.
Fierce clashes have been reported between the army and the rebels in ISIL-controlled city of Ramadi.
ISIL, which already controls parts of Syria, has extended its reach into Iraq since June 10, when it seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul and soon afterwards took near-complete control of the cities of Tikrit and Tal Afar.
Meanwhile, a local source who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that the Iraqi army executed 30 prisoners by firing squad in Anbar province.
The same source said that dead bodies of the prisoners, most of whom were politicians and activists detained in Anah and Rawah towns five months ago, were retrieved after ISIL seized the towns.
There has been no statement released by the Iraqi officials so far regarding the claim.
Rebels have also gained control of Tal Afar military airport in Iraq, located 60 km west of Mosul, according to security sources.
ISIL-led rebels also seized the weapons of the Iraqi army after troops withdrew from the region, the sources said.
Clashes between the Iraqi army and ISIL-led rebels left eight insurgents dead in the city of Tal Afar earlier Sunday, and the army and Turkmen were reported to have left Tal Afar, holding only the airport in control.
Earlier on Sunday, clashes between Iraqi army and rebels in the city of Tal Afar left eight rebels dead, a Turkmen tribal leader told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
Haidar Ali Cholak said the fighting took place in Tulaya al-Awwal neighborhood and the army destroyed a Hummer-type vehicle and a DShK heavy machine gun used by the rebels.
Meanwhile, the army has reportedly been engaged in ongoing clashes with rebeşs in the Turkmen-majority city.
Iraq denies ISIL took Syrian, Jordanian border towns
Reports were denied by the Iraqi Interior Ministry on Sunday that ISIL rebels, led by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, seized two western towns near the Syrian and Jordanian border.
"Information that the cities of Tarbil and al-Waleed have been seized by ISIL militants are not true," said Iraq's Interior Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, in a press statement.
According to Maan, security forces are in control of the Iraqi borders with Jordan and Syria.
Local sources in the western province of Anbar reported that the majority of Iraqi guards had withdrawn from the city of Ar Rutba because of ISIL rebels.Last Mod: 23 Haziran 2014, 09:47