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Interior Ministry: 9 Islamic State members arrested, west of Mosul

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Mosul (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced arresting nine Islamic State members in west of Mosul city.

In a statement by the ministry’s Security Media Center on Saturday, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the center, said “information collected by the intelligence enabled Nineveh police to arrest nine militants in regions of Sumar, Adan, al-Zahraa and al-Arbjiya, west of Mosul.”

The militants, according to the statement, “included fighters in the so-called Soldiers Department, who took part in battles against security personnel. Two others worked for the group’s so-called Hisbah (vigilantism) while the group was in control of the city.”

On Thursday, an Islamic State member was killed, while six others were arrested during confrontations against Islamic State in al-Zahraa region, according to a source from Nineveh police.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said a terrorist cell composed of thirteen Islamic State members has been arrested, west of Mosul. Seven Islamic State militants were arrested, east of Mosul city, with one of them facing charges of assassinating security forces, the ministry said on Tuesday. Other 27 militants were arrested in an operation in Hammam al-Alil, south of the city, according to Nineveh police.

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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