Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces arrested an individual in the city of Mosul for colluding with Islamic State militants, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday as troops continue the hunt for sleeper cells after the group’s defeat.
Iraqi Almaalomah website quoted the source as saying that the individual was arrested in Sumer district in eastern Mosul and was transferred to a security quarter for interrogation. The source said troops reached him after obtaining information from citizens.
Thousands of Islamic State militants and Iraqi civilians were killed since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition, launched an offensive to clear IS-held regions, starting with Mosul in October 2016.
The campaign for Mosul lasted for more than eight months and managed to liberate the city in July.
Iraq declared a final victory over IS last In December.
Mosul was the place from where IS supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed the establishment of the group’s rule in Iraq and Syria.
The militants have carried out a number of attacks against the civilians and security members in the city even after its recapture, which provoked observers’ fears that the group may still pose a security challenge even after losing its strongholds.