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Iraq: US Forces Facilitating ISIL’s Movements in Anbar Province

The US forces have been providing backup for the ISIL terrorists in the Western province of Anbar, an Arab media outlet reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website quoted Head of Anbar Province’s Liberation Council Hamid al-Hayes as disclosing that the ISIL terrorists are operating in al-Rutbah region in Western Anbar under the US forces’ backup.

The US is trying to prevent Iraqi security forces and the popular forces of Hashd al-Sha’abi from defeating ISIL via providing supports for the terrorist groups near al-Rutbah, the news website added.

It went on to say that ISIL has intensified its activities in Anbar province as the US forces’ bases, specially the main US base of Ein al-Assad, are near the town of al-Rutbah.

The Arabic-language website of RT quoted Iraqi Border Commander Major General Hamed al-Hosseini as reporting in early July that the country’s forces gained control over 600 km of border line with Syria.

The report further said that the Iraqi forces’ control over the entire borderline with Syria killed the chance for the terrorists to infiltrate from Syria to Iraq.

The Arabic RT further said that the Iraqi forces set up a number of monitoring towers and erected entanglements to seal the border from triangular region between Iraq, Syria and Jordan to the Northern banks of the Euphrates River near the town of al-Qa’em in Western Anbar province.

The report went on to say that the remaining pockets of ISIL were operating in some deserts in Syria near the border with Iraq.

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