|Ar Rutba District|
|Governorates||Al Anbar Governorate|
|• Total||93,445 km2 (36,079 sq mi)|
|Population 2003-01 (est.)|
|• Density||0.27/km2 (0.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC+3)|
Ar Rutba (Arabic : قضاء_الرطبة) is the largest district by area in Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq, covering 93,445 km², and the least populated in relative and absolute terms, with a population of 24,813 (estimate January 2003), or 0.27 per km². It is also the southernmost district of Al Anbar Governorate, the westernmost of the whole country, and the only district nationwide bordering Jordan. It is centred on the town of Ar Rutba.
Al Anbar Governorate, or Anbar Province, is the largest governorate in Iraq by area. Encompassing much of the country's western territory, it shares borders with Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. The provincial capital is Ramadi; other important cities include Fallujah and Haditha.
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Freeway 1 is the first and longest freeway in Iraq. It is 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) long. It extends from Umm Qasr Port in Basra to Ar Rutba in Anbar, where it spreads into a new freeway with same number towards Syria and Jordan.
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Ali Hatem Abd al-Razzaq Ali al-Suleiman al-Assafi al-Dulaimi is a Sunni sheikh in Anbar province. He is the former Emir of the Dulaim tribe, a position now held by his brother, Abdulrazzaq Hatem Abd al-Razzaq Ali al-Suleiman al-Assafi al-Dulaimi.
Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi al-Dulaimi, better known as Abu Waheeb, was a leader of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in Anbar, Iraq. He was known for killing three Syrian truck drivers in Iraq in the summer of 2013. He and three others were killed in a United States-led coalition airstrike in May 2016, according to the US Department of Defense.
Al-Qa'im border crossing between Syria and Iraq is one of the major supply routes across the Middle East. It connects the town of Abu Kamal in Syria's Deir ez-Zor Governorate to the city of Husaybah, in the Al-Qa'im District of Iraq's Anbar Governorate. The border crossing is about 450 km from Syria's capital Damascus and 340 km from the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Wadi Hauran is the longest Wadi in Iraq. Located in Al Anbar Governorate west of Iraq, at Latitude33.0333°, Longitude40.2500° Wādī Ḩawrān is roughly midway between Damascus and Baghdad near the town of Rutba, it stretches for 350 kilometres (220 mi) from the Iraq-Saudi border to the Euphrates river near Haditha.
The Anbar campaign (2015–16) was a military campaign launched by the Iraqi Armed Forces and their allies aimed at recapturing areas of the Anbar Governorate held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the city of Ramadi, which ISIL seized earlier in 2015. The United States and other nations are aiding Iraq with airstrikes.
The Battle of Hit (2016), also known as Operation Desert Lynx, was an offensive launched by the Iraqi Government during the Anbar offensive, with the goal of recapturing the town of Hīt and the Hīt District from ISIL. After the Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Ramadi, Hīt and Fallujah were the only cities still under the control of ISIL in the Al Anbar Governorate. Iraqi Forces fully recaptured of Hīt and the rest of the Hīt District on 14 April 2016.
This is a timeline of events during the Iraqi Civil War in 2016.
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