Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Nine Islamic State members were arrested on Wednesday within an ongoing operation in south of Mosul, a security source said.
Speaking to BasNews website, Brig. Gen. Wathiq al-Hamdani, Nineveh Police Chief, confirmed nine IS members during the ongoing offensive carried out by the police command in cooperation with army and security services in one of the districts in Mosul. This comes one day after killing 23 terrorists in the islands located near Tigris River.
The Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday launching an operation to follow IS remnants in Jozor al-Makhlat (islands) in Nineveh.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 Islamic State militants were killed throughout the campaign. Abadi announced in December full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.
Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.