Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Wednesday an Islamic State militant, who was responsible for collecting information about the families fleeing the areas held by the militant group.
The arrestee “was behind the murder of 40 people at the hands of Islamic State jihadists after he informed the terrorist group of their location,” Alghad Press website quoted the Military Intelligence Forces as saying in a press statement.
“The terrorist was arrested in the eastern side of Mosul,” the statement read.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence 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.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.
Despite defeat in Iraq in late 2017, many Islamic State remnants remain at large in the hideouts of the Arab country and pose a threat to its security.