Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi anti-terrorism forces arrested on Tuesday four Islamic State jihadists in the capital Baghdad as they sough to deliver SIM cards to their fellow terrorists in Anbar province, a security source said.
“The four, including a woman, were arrested with 600 mobile phone SIM cards in their possession,” the source told Baghdad Today news website, adding that the militants hid the cards inside olive cans and silicon tubes.
He added that the arrest was made based on accurate intelligence data.
In December 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.
Isolated cells believed to be linked to the Islamic State group, however, remain active in some parts of the country. In recent weeks, suspected Islamic State insurgents have carried out several attacks targeting security forces in Iraq.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.