Despite ISIS on the verge of capturing Ar-Rutbah, and even false reports by Al-Jazeera that it had been captured, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) media team have announced that the imperative town has been cleared of terrorist forces.

https://twitter.com/pmu_english/status/790817355521593344

The clearance of ISIS from the desert town occurred only after an Iraqi army convoy arrived yesterday. It is a remarkable turn around considering they were on the verge of collapse and losing the town.

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With the arrival of the convoy, as seen in the above pictures, and the clearance of ISIS, the Iraqi forces set up checkpoints and patrols to ensure ISIS do not again attempt to attack the town of 22,000 people.

Ar-Rutbah, despite being isolated in the desert, is an imperative smuggling town because of its location at the crossroads near Syria and Jordan. This makes it a lucrative capture for ISIS as it can infiltrate the smuggling routes to and from the town.

With the liberation of Mosul underway, ISIS have attempted to distract Iraqi forces by launching attacks in Ar-Rutbah where it failed, in Sinjar where it has failed, and in Kirkuk where it has seen moderate success but is completely surrounded by the PMU, Peshmerga and other Iraqi forces.

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The time the Daesh blitzkrieg strategy worked aainst a non-willing to fight Iraqi army is over for a while now. Had the Mosul garrison acted like this in 2014, Daesh wouldn’t had spread but been defeated without expanding at all 🙁 And they wouldn’t have needed reinforcements : they simply out numbered and outgunned the daeshbags at this time. It’s the capture of the Mosul garrison which made them armed to the teeth, allowing then the capture of huge oil fields and become a magnet for jihadists and mercenaries all around the world.

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“The Isis commander who led the Rutbah operation is Abu Saleh al-Zoubayi — the city’s former chief of intelligence for Saddam Hussain.”.
If some had doubt that the extension of Daesh’s operation was linked to their alliance with former Saddam’s militaries and intel guys, thanks to the idiotic neo-cons Paul Bremer who had the awesome idea to punish all the Saddam’s state apparatus by firing them without pension thus, making them back to the wall, they allied with al-Qaeda in Irak AKA Daesh…

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There are former Baathists in the current government of Iraq as well. Btw, Daaesh is NOT Baathist. Those people basically betrayed their own heroes by becoming their own enemy. Saddam was no friend of Wahhabism. Al-Douri clearly shot himself in the foot but there does exist a splinter group called “The Return” based in Syria that dispute Al-Douri’s claim of leadership.