ISIL commanders flee from Iraq's Fallujah to Turkey: Local source
Iran Press TV
Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:8AM
The commanders of the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have reportedly fled to Turkey as Iraqi forces close in on the militants in the western restive province of Anbar.
Abdulrahman al-Namrawee, the head of a local council in Fallujah, said on Tuesday night that the ISIL commanders fled to Turkey after Iraqi security forces and the fighters of the Popular Mobilization units surrounded the city.
He said the commanders pushed their way through the western part of the city of Ramadi – the capital of Anbar – to Syria and then entered Turkey.
Namrawee's narrative has not been confirmed by higher-ranking officials in Iraq, yet.
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of being one of the main supporters of the militant groups operating in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the militants in Syria and facilitates their safe passage into the country.
On June 12, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman revealed that Ankara allows ISIL terrorists to freely walk in the streets of the Akcakale border district in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa.
Namrawee, the local Iraqi official, added that Iraqi forces will soon launch an operation to liberate the city.
Faleh al-Issawi, the deputy head of Anbar Provincial Council, has also verified that the foreign commanders of the terrorist group have fled from Fallujah and that the Takfiri group's local commanders are seeking to contact relevant Iraqi officials to request a safe conduct.
On July 13, Iraqi authorities announced the start of the major operation to liberate Anbar, with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying that he will announce the news of liberation of the province soon.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since ISIL began its march through Iraqi territory in June 2014.
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