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Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province

Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions.

Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces wave their national flags on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi civilians flash the sign for victory as they drive towards a safe area on March 10, 2016 after government forces retook the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from the ISIL jihadist group. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces flash their weapons on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces gesture to the camera on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government and counter-terrorism forces arrest men suspected of belonging to the ISIL jihadist group on March 10, 2016 following an operation to retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from IS. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government and counter-terrorism forces arrest men suspected of belonging to the ISIL jihadist group on March 10, 2016 following an operation to retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, in Anbar province, from IS. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces evacuate civilians on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces gesture to the camera on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi government forces retake the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from ISIL in Anbar province
Iraqi government forces and counter-terrorism forces evacuate civilians on March 10, 2016 after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province. Iraqi forces retook a town from the ISIL jihadist group in Anbar province Thursday and evacuated 10,000 civilians as they advanced up the Euphrates valley, a security spokesman said. The sprawling province of Anbar -- which borders Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- was at the heart of the 'caliphate' that IS proclaimed in 2014. The jihadist group still holds most of the province but the noose is tightening around some of its key bastions. (MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images)