Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi troops arrested on Tuesday an Islamic State militant who was tasked with providing the group with foodstuffs in Mosul city.
“Troops of the 20th division of the Military Intelligence Directorate managed to arrest the Islamic State’s food provider during an operation in Hamam al-Alil district in Mosul,” Baghdad Today website quoted the directorate as saying in a statement.
“An arrest warrant had been issued for the held terrorist pursuant to article 4 pf the counter-terrorism law,” the statement read.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence last November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.