Nineveh (IraqiNews) A security source in Nineveh Province informed, on Saturday, that security forces apprehended a smuggler on charges of transferring a number of the Islamic State’s members from Syria to Iraq.
In a press statement, the source said that Iraqi security forces arrested a smuggler, after receiving accurate information that he is transferring members of the Islamic State group from Syria to Iraq.
He further added on condition of anonymity that the necessary approvals were obtained and the suspect was arrested and admitted the validity of the information received against him.
The suspect was sent to the competent authorities to complete the remaining investigation, he explained.
It is noteworthy that security forces in Nineveh frequently announce either killing or apprehending a number of the Islamic state militants in different areas of the province.
Islamic State insurgents took control over the city of Mosul on June 2014, after defeating the Iraqi army. An estimated 500,000 civilians fled from the city, due to the conflict.
In October 2016, Iraqi Army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi launched an offensive to liberate Mosul City from the IS control. Former Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of the city on July 2017, after nearly nine months of urban warfare.