1,200 FLEE DAESH-HELD AREAS TO GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED CITY IN WESTERN IRAQ

Up to 1,200 people fled Iraqi areas captured by the Daesh militants, near the border with Syria, to a city under control of the Iraqi government, after covering dozens of kilometres in the desert of Iraq's western province of Anbar.

The local government of the city of Rutba, some 370 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, received during the day, 1,200 people fleeing the militant-seized cities of Aana, Rawa and al-Qaim, mostly women and children, Col. Adel al-Dulaimi, from Anbar provincial police, said.

They arrived in Rutba after sneaking out of homes and covering more than 200 km across the desert, between their cities and Rutba, Dulaimi added.

"The Iraqi government almost every day is receiving dozens of refugees, who are fleeing their homes in the Daesh-held areas, some of whom are forced to pay a lot of money to smugglers, to flee their cities and towns to get rid of the militants," he noted.

On Aug 31, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared full liberation of the city of Tal Afar and surrounding areas from the extremist militants.

The prime minister also vowed to defeat the Daesh all over Iraq, saying, "Wherever you (militants) are, we are coming for liberation, and you have no choice but to die or surrender."

The Iraqi forces still have to launch more offensives to dislodge the militants from their redoubts in Hawijah, in south-western Kirkuk, the adjacent sprawling rugged areas in eastern Salahudin Province, in addition to the remaining Daesh strongholds in the border areas with Syria, including the cities of Aana, Rawa and al-Qaim, in the western province of Anbar

Source: NAM News Netwrok