#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ () – June 22 – The militants of the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, also known as ISIL, have managed to capture three new towns in Iraq’s western province of Anbar on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses and security sources.
Members of the Sunni anti-Al-Qaeda militia Sahwa (Awakening) patrol a flooded area during operations to fight against anti-government militants, including from the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Anbar province on June 21, 2014 in the city of Ramadi, west of the capital Baghdad (AFP Photo / STR)
"Army troops withdrew from Rawa, Ana and Rutba this morning and ISIS moved quickly to completely control these towns," an unnamed military intelligence official told Reuters.
Iraqi troops have ceded control of four towns in the last two days.
On Saturday, the town of Qaim was captured by insurgents.
Staff in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office are preparing to hold a press conference later Sunday to comment on the confused retreat of the country’s army.
One of the captured towns, Rutba, with a population of about 55,000, is situated in a strategic location about 150 kilometers east of the Jordanian border, with the Amman-Baghdad road and the Mosul–Haifa oil pipeline passing nearby.