Rawa (IraqiNews.com) Three Islamic State members were killed in Anbar on Wednesday when gunmen targeted their gathering at one of the group’s pockets at the west of the province, according to a security source.
Aljournal News website quoted the source saying that the attack took place at the center of the town of Rawa, an Islamic State stronghold west of Anbar. Three IS militants were killed and a gun-supplied pickup truck.
According to the source, intelligence information confirmed that the attackers were local civilians indignant towards the group’s rule.
Islamic State has maintained control over the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaim since the group emerged in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled ‘Islamic State”.
There has not been an officially-declared military campaign to free IS-held regions west of Anbar, but the province’s military command launched a brief assault early January that managed to recapture some western villages before stopping again.
Local officials believe Islamic State is holding thousands in those regions to use them as human shields against any future security offensive.
The Iraqi government is expected to aim at IS havens in Anbar once it is finished with eliminating the group from Mosul, its biggest bastion in Iraq.