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Daesh overruns highway between Iraq, Jordan

Daesh militants overrun part of highway in Rutba town in western Iraq, says police captain

Daesh overruns highway between Iraq, Jordan FILE PHOTO

By Suleiman al-Qubaisi


Daesh militants have controlled a highway between Iraq and Jordan, according to an Iraqi police officer.

Police Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said the terrorist organization overran part of the highway in Rutba town in western Iraq.

"The militants have planted landmines and explosives in the part of the road they are controlling," he told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

On Sunday, Daesh militants attacked an Iraqi military convoy in eastern Rutba, killing 10 soldiers and injuring dozens.

Last week, Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led air coalition, launched a new offensive to oust Daesh militants from areas under their control in the western Anbar province.

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