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Iraq Troops Move Away From The Heet

The troops of Iraqi that were stationed on the borders of Heet, in the Anbar province, have withdrawn and are now leaving the city under complete control of IS jihadists.

According to reports, ISIS jihadists have seized the border of the western side of Euphrates and now have control of that territory.

“Iraqi forces evacuated Heet training camp last night (Sunday) on the orders of the military command,” a senior police official in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, stated.

“Our military leaders argued that instead of leaving those forces exposed to attacks by ISIS, they would be best used to shore up the defense of Asad air base,” he said.

Ahmed Hamid, the head of Anbar provincial council’s security committee, reported that about 300 members of the government led Iraqi troops moved out of the Heet Training Academy to a few kilometers northwest of the city.

According to several security officials, after the shift of the initial troops military aircrafts were sent to the location to retrieve the high ranked officials that were left behind. ISIS militants then took over what was left of the government camp on Monday morning.

“Heet is now 100 percent under ISIS-control,” the police colonel said.

It is to be noted that the Iraq government led troops have faced a major setback in Anbar due to the position of troops in the recent week. The security officials have even warned that the grip on Ramadi was weakening and they will not be able to hold ISIS off for much longer.

On a different development, the United Nation has started cutting off the food aid they have been providing because of the shortfall in their funding.

“Yes, we have already started … this month, to cut supplies to the 4.2 million Syrians inside the country who have been receiving food aid,” the World Food Program’s assistant executive director Elisabeth Rasmusson told AFP.

“We decided that because of the funding shortfall, we will provide food to everybody but its cut down to 60 percent of the normal [food] basket,” she said.

“WFP budget projections for 2014 were $4.3 billion. Now, the needs are $8.5 billion,” said Rasmusson, adding that “the funding needs for the Middle East have at least doubled to around $4 billion,” with Syria accounting for half of the amount.

According to Rasmusson, the UN and WFP are working tirelessly to find willing donor countries and private sector donations because of the current lack of adequate funding.