Iraq - Liberation of the town of al-Rutbah (May 19, 2016)


After Ramadi and Hīt, France welcomes the liberation of the town of al-Rutbah on May 19 by Iraqi armed forces, and the Iraqi authorities’ announcement of the upcoming reopening of the border crossing with Jordan.

This is an important step forward in the fight against Daesh which – thanks to the resolute efforts of the international coalition – is retreating in both Iraq and Syria. France also applauds the launch of operations to recapture Fallujah.

France, which belongs to the international coalition against Daesh in Operation Chammal, launched in September 2014, will continue to support Iraq in the fight against terrorism.