IS seizes Iraqi army base in Hit, al-Anbar province

IS seizes Iraqi army base in Hit, al-Anbar province
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Published October 13th, 2014 - 19:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).
Islamic State militants in desert camouflaged vehicles (AFP/ File Archive).

Islamic State jihadists have seized an army base in the town of Hit as they continue their advance in Iraq's western province of al-Anbar, local media report.

Troops in the base conducted a "tactical retreat" to the al-Baghdadi area, taking all the base's military equipment with them, Iraq's Alsumaria News reported.

Iraqi news agency Al-Mada Press reported the base fell after hours of clashes. Security forces have meanwhile evacuated detainees from prisons in and around the provincial capital of al-Ramadi to alternative detention sites in Baghdad, the Al-Mada Press reported separately.

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