Iraqi interior ministry says captured four IS militants in Mosul

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Nineveh ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Monday arresting four Islamic State militants in Mosul’s eastern side.

“Nineveh police personnel have arrested four members of the terrorist Islamic State group in Aden district in Mosul’s eastern side,” Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted spokesman for the Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan as saying.

“One of the arrestees was working for the Islamic State’s so-called Zakat Diwan,” Maan said, adding that two others took part in the fierce attacks against security forces in Mosul.

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.

In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring the end of war against IS members.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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