Iraqi police arrest four Islamic State jihadists in Mosul

Islamic State fighters carry their swords following a battle with Iraqi security forces. File photo

Mosul ( – Iraqi police announced on Sunday that four Islamic State militants were arrested during a security operation in Mosul city.

The four terrorists were nabbed in al Haramat district in the western side of Mosul, Nineveh Police Chief Brigadier General Hamad al-Jabouri told Iraq’s privately-owned IKH News website.

“Three of them were members of Islamic State’s Jund (soldiers) diwan and fought against security forces during the security operations to liberate Mosul from terrorism,” he added.

All legal procedures were taken against the arrestees, he noted.

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.

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