Eighteen Islamic State members, including leader, arrested in Mosul

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Mosul ( Iraqi troops have arrested eighteen Islamic State members in Mosul, according to an Iraqi security source and the Security Media Center.

A prominent IS member of the so-called Islamic Police was arrested while attempting to escape from east to west of Mosul, the center said in a statement.

Earlier today, a security source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), that seventeen members “were arrested in Baaj town, west of Mosul, depending on information from the intelligence.”

The detainees, according to the source, “were transferred to Nineveh Operations Command for investigations ahead of standing trials.”

Two Islamic State members were reportedly killed and injured on Tuesday during a security operation carried out, south of Mosul.

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

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.

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