Interior ministry: Six Islamic State militants apprehended in Mosul

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected fighter with the Islamic State group during a military operation. File photo

Baghdad ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Sunday that six Islamic State militants were arrested Sunday in Mosul city.

“The terrorists were arrested in Rajm Hadid and al-Nahrawan districts in the western side of Mosul,” Baghdad Today website quoted the ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying in a statement.

The spokesman added that the terrorists were fighting among the group’s ranks during its capture of Mosul city.

Between June 2014 and December 2017, Islamic State seized large areas of Iraq and led a campaign of widespread violence and systematic violations of international human rights and humanitarian law – acts that amounted to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide.

The Islamic State group in 2014 declared 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.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.

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