Official says 15 Islamic State fighters, including female leader, arrested in Mosul

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Nineveh ( – Iraqi security forces arrested on Wednesday 15 Islamic State (IS) members, including a female leader, in the group’s last bastion of Mosul, a police spokesman was quoted as saying.

The official al-Sabah paper quoted chief of Nineveh police Brig. Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri as saying that “15 IS militants, including a female leader, were arrested today in a security campaign at al-Zahraa district in Mosul’s eastern side.”

“Among those arrested in the campaign is a female fighter, identified as Zarka bint Nafea, who was found involved in killing many of Mosul women,” Jabouri pointed out.

Meanwhile, Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool said that the 20th brigade of the Iraqi military intelligence directorate seized a number of tunnels that were used by the IS group for treating the wounded fighters in Hamam al-Alil district, south of Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced, last July, the liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

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.

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