23 bodies of Islamic State leaders found in mass grave, south of Mosul

Security forces find mass grave in Mosul. File photo.

Mosul ( A mass grave, composed of human remains of Islamic State leaders, has been found, south of Mosul, an official from the media department of Nineveh Operations Command said on Friday.

Speaking to BasNews, Col. Saleh Sheef, said “security troops found 23 bodies of Islamic State leaders, south of Mosul. Their identity cards and positions within the group was found in their possession.”

The group, according to Sheef, “executed the leaders due to their reluctance and fleeing battles against security troops.”

Earlier today, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced arresting two Islamic State members in an ambush, south of Mosul. On Thursday, the Interior Ministry said six Islamic State members were arrested in west of Mosul. One of them was working for the group’s Hisbah (Vigilantism) department, while the group was in control of the town.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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