Mosul (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Tuesday two Islamic State terrorists in Mosul, once capital of the group’s sprawling self-proclaimed “caliphate”.
In a press statement, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said that troops of its 20th division have arrested two Islamic State terrorists in Al Amel district in Mosul based on intelligence reports.
“The two terrorists were wanted by the Iraqi judiciary for getting into fights against our security forces during the military operations to liberate Iraqi lands from the Islamic State group,” the statement read.
Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.
Experts estimate that Iraq is holding 20,000 people in jail over suspected IS membership. However, there is no official figure with the Iraqi government declining to provide estimates about the number of the foreign detained militants or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.