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Iraq forces seen pulling out from western town of Rawa

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Video footage showed army units controlled by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki pulling out from Rawa, as Iraqi government forces e announced a “tactical” withdrawal from three western towns, a security spokesman said on Sunday, as Sunni militants ramped up an offensive that has already overrun large swathes of territory.


“The military units' withdrawal [from al-Qaim, Rawa and Ana] was for the purpose of redeployment,” Lieutenant General Qassem Atta said, referring to it as a “tactical” move.



Witnesses said insurgents moved into Rawa and Ana, in Anbar province, on Saturday evening, after security officers and witnesses also reported militants entering al-Qaim earlier in the day.