Mosul (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that two Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Mosul city after they had infiltrated from neighboring Syria.
“Troops of the Military Intelligence Directorate arrested two terrorists during a security campaign in Badush city, west of Mosul,” Iraqi news website Almaalomah quoted the directorate as saying in a statement.
The pair, according to the statement, “had infiltrated from Syria and hid among the displaced people coming from the al-Haul camp in Syria.”
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi announced in July 2017 liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.
The campaign was backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December with the help of a US-led alliance, having retaken all the territory captured by the extremists in 2014 and 2015.
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.