0131 GMT January 19, 2020
Iraqi military commander Colonel MahmoudMorzi al-Jumaili announced that the terrorist commanders have begun escaping from the town, which is located 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital, Baghdad, and heading toward an unknown location in Anbar Province, Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website reported.
Meanwhile, at least 35 Daesh terrorists have turned themselves in to Iraqi security forces deployed to the outskirts of the city of Fallujah, which is located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad and is held by Daesh.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the development attests to the panic, confusion and serious cracks within the ranks of Daesh.
Separately, Iraqi security forces together with Popular Mobilization units retook control of a strategic highway on the outskirts of Trebil Village, which lies in Anbar Province and on the Iraq-Jordan border, on Friday.
Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh Takfiris launched an offensive in the country in June 2014 and took control of portions of Iraqi territory.
The militants have been committing crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias,
Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others. Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units have been fighting to win back militant-held regions.