Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State has executed five civilians over accusation of “communication with apostates from land of infidelity” in west of Anbar, a security source said.
“IS militants executed five youths from Qaim, after arresting them three days ago at cybercafes. They were accused of communicating with and sending information to apostates from land of infidelity,” the source told Alghad Press on Wednesday.
“The group informed residents in Qaim, Rawa and alBu-Kamal that it regained control over Ramadi once again,” the source added.
Earlier on the day, 20 IS militants were killed after brief encounters flared when group members invaded areas in at al-Tash and the 5th Kilometer regions, south and west of Ramadi.
On Sunday, the group reportedly executed 28 militants, along with the leader, in Syria’s al-BuKamal as they fled after security troops advanced in Annah town in Anbar.
Iraqi army announced the total recapture of the town, invaded last week, hours after recapturing neighboring Rayhana area. Last week, Iraqi joint troops liberated Akashat region, between Rutba town, on borders with Jordan, and Qaim, on borders with Syria.
Anbar’s western towns of Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them in 2015 and 2016.