Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi intelligence services killed on Sunday three Islamic State (IS) terrorists in the group’s last bastion of Mosul, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.
Spokesman for the Iraqi Security Media Council Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool told Alghad Press that the 20th division of the Iraqi Military Intelligence targeted the three terrorists, who were carrying food supplies to a terrorist hotbed from Nimrud city to Qayyarah subdistrict in Mosul.
The 2nd rapid response team of Nineveh police also arrested three other terrorists, who are wanted on terror charges, in al-Qawsiyat village, north of Mosul.
Earlier in the day, pro-government troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed a notorious Islamic State (IS) leader in an ambush in al-Safina village, south of Mosul.
A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
After Iraq announced victory over Islamic State last December, many IS militants fled to sparsely-populated parts of the al-Jazirah region after suffering a series of defeats across Iraq.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.