The so-called ’Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group on Sunday pulled its terrorists out of Rutba, a desert town in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.
The so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group on Sunday pulled its terrorists out of Rutba, a desert town in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, an army general and the mayor said.
"Daesh [Arabic acronym of ISIL] has completely pulled out of Rutba and gone towards Al-Qaim," a major general said, referring to a takfiri bastion on the border with Syria, further north in Anbar.
"Daesh's armed men started pulling out last night and completed their withdrawal this morning," the senior officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Rutba is now free of Daesh."
The mayor of the isolated town, which lies about 390 kilometers (245 miles) west of Baghdad on the road to Jordan, confirmed that ISIL had withdrawn.
After launching a final push against ISIL in the provincial capital Ramadi late last year, Iraq's security forces established full control over the city last month.
They have since been securing areas east of Ramadi, further isolating the takfiri stronghold of Fallujah, which lies only 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad.