Iraqi intelligence arrest Islamic State terrorist in Anbar

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces arrest a suspected militant during a raid operation.

Anbar ( – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Wednesday a member of the Islamic State militant group in the western province of Anbar.

The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in a statement, said that its troops “have arrested a terrorist who fought among the Islamic State’s security apparatus in al-Karma district in Anbar.

The terrorist “was responsible for collecting information about security forces during the military operations to liberate Iraqi territory from Islamic State militants,” the statement read.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring 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.

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