Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi federal police arrested on Monday nine Islamic State militants during security operations in Mosul city, the interior ministry’s spokesman was quoted as saying.
“A force from Nineveh police apprehended nine members of Islamic State, who are wanted on terror charges, in Mosul’s eastern side,” Maj. Gen. Saad Maan told the privately-owned Alghad Press website.
“Six of them were members of Islamic State’s Jund (soldiers) Diwan, who fought against our security forces during operations to liberate Mosul from terrorism,” Maan said.
He added the arrests were made in al-Zahraa, al-Khadraa and al-Dawanem districts in Mosul’s eastern side.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq last November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.