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Daesh Terrorists Leave Strategically Important City Ar Rutbah in Iraq

© AP PhotoIraqi security forces celebrate as they hold a captured flag of the Islamic State group (File)
Iraqi security forces celebrate as they hold a captured flag of the Islamic State group (File) - Sputnik International
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Daesh terrorists completely retreated from the strategically important city of Ar Rutbah in western Iraq, according to the governor of the city.

Smoke rises in the distance behind an Islamic State (IS) group flag and banner after Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reportedly captured several villages from IS group jihadists in the district of Daquq, south of the northern Iraqi multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk on September 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) militant group have left the strategically important city of Ar Rutbah in western Iraq, the governor of the city said on Sunday.

"IS militants have completely retreated from Rutbah," Imad Ahmed was quoted by the Iraqi Alsumaria news channel as saying.

The Daesh, a group outlawed in Russia and many other counties, is currently in control of large areas of Syria and Iraq. The group is notorious for its brutality and many human rights violations, including on-camera executions of foreign hostages posted online.

Members of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service stand on December 27, 2015 in the Hoz neighbourhood in central Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, about 110 kilometers west of Baghdad, during military operations conducted by Iraqi pro-government forces against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group - Sputnik International
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The Daesh are Sunni militants who denounce the Shia Muslims, making up almost 70 percent of the Iraqi population, as infidels. The Daesh has carried out numerous terror attacks and committed many human rights atrocities in the country.

The Daesh took control of Ar Rutbah in mid-2014, becoming one of the first cities which the militants occupied in Iraq. The city is considered of strategic value as it is located on the Iraqi-Jordanian border, and it allows the militants to better control the western border and transfer weapons and ammunition. It also occupies a strategically important spot on the Amman-Baghdad road, and the Mosul–Haifa oil pipeline.

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