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Iraqi forces yet to move into town abandoned by ISIS

By Rudaw 14/3/2016
ISIS militants while holding parade in Ramadi. Photo: AP
ISIS militants while holding parade in Ramadi. Photo: AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An Iraqi police official said on Monday that foreign members of the Islamic State (ISIS) have withdrawn from the town of Rutbah in western Ramadi, but that the town is still under the group’s control.
 
Colonel Farouq Jaghify, commander of the Haditha police told Rudaw “Many of the foreign and non-Iraqi ISIS militants left Rutbah with no coming back.”
 
He added that “So far, the Iraqi forces have not moved towards Rutbah and the town is under ISIS control.”
 
Iraqi security sources in Anbar reported on Sunday that ISIS militants had started withdrawing from Rutbah and moved to Qaem near the Jordanian border.
 
On Sunday, Eimad Ahmed, the mayor of Rutbah, said that the ISIS militants had completely left his town.
 
Ahmad said he believed the militants were forced to withdraw and reorganize elsewhere due to recent setbacks on the battlefield.
 
Iraqi forces have with close coalition air support made some progress in the Sunni province and succeeded in retaking Ramadi in December after seven months under ISIS control.

Comments

 
K | 14/3/2016
What baffles me is that how do the police officer know that those who have left are foreign members? Did he check their credentials? Also, if the ISIS are moving so freely on an open road, why the Iraqi forces not encircle them, capture them or eliminate them? where are the British and American air powers. If this is an example for liberation of Mosul, god help us!!!!!!
yad | 14/3/2016
Iraqi army is very cowards and they can even enter place where was abandoned by ISIS, they fear from every exists from their around despite of having modern arms and weapon, and is trained by USA and others, so I suggest to them to go home and to be shrine guard
EddySaf EddySaf | 15/3/2016
A few ISIS fighters can hold back a large Iraqi force from advancing into a town. This happens everywhere and why this war is going to take years to get rid of ISIS out of Iraq.
Sluth | 15/3/2016
The article below the heading says that the town has not been abandoned by ISIS and that only the foreign jihadists have left. So what do you do with this town when you or some other group "takes it"? What should happen? Are the local fighters hard line Baathists or were they conscripted by Daesh on pain of death? Could some sort of peacful settlement here open the door to a resolution in Mosul? We are back to the question of enabling a sustainable Sunnistan ... presumably within some sort of loose federation ... but the cart is travelling before the horse. Political developments may be failing to keep pace with developments on the ground. Could Kurdish trained & afiliated Arab fighters be of assistance here???

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