Eight Islamic State members arrested in operation, west of Mosul

Iraqi troops arrest suspected terrorists in Baghdad

Mosul ( Eight Islamic State members were arrested in an operation in west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said “ the Rapid Response troops of Nineveh police managed to arrest eight Islamic State members, who are wanted for judiciary.”

One of the militants, according to the statement, “was working in the group’s so-called Security Department, while the others were working in the so-called Soldiers Department. They were fighting with the group, while it was in control of Mosul.”

The militants “were arrested in al-Islah al-Zera’ie district, west of Mosul,” it added.

A police source was quoted saying on Thursday that 26 Islamic State members were arrested near Badush prison, northwest of Mosul. On Monday, 20 militants, including five women, were arrested, south of Mosul.

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.

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.

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