ISIL Takes Over Iraq Town Of Rutba As Mosul Battle Rages

ISIL Takes Over Iraq Town Of Rutba As Mosul Battle Rages
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There was a big controversy over Mosul, the Iraqi’s second largest city. ISIL has suffered a series of setbacks over the past year. Now the  Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group has been able to take full control of a town in the western province of Al Anbar as thousands of troops try to expel its fighters from Mosul, a city 700 kilometres north.

ISIL fighters stormed Rutba following territorial losses in Mosul, the group’s last major urban bastion in Iraq. Seeking to distract attention, they have attempted to hit back with attacks elsewhere in Iraq. In Rutba, they seized the mayor’s office, captured and executed at least five people including civilians and policemen.

Rutba is home to more than 20,000 people. It is considered as a very strategic town. Therefore, it is seen as a significant victory.

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