BAGHDAD (AP) — The mayor of a town northwest of Baghdad says it has fallen into the hands of Sunni militants, the second to be captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the mainly Sunni Anbar province.
Mayor Hussein AIi al-Aujail said the local army and police force in Rawah pulled out when the militants took control.
He said government offices in the town, along the Euphrates river 175 miles (275 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, were being sacked by the militants.
The fall of Rawah, and the border town of Qaim on Friday, appears to be part of a new offensive. It comes as thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities Saturday in a show of force, signaling their readiness to fight the Islamic State.