Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Monday that its forces arrested two members of the Islamic State militant group in the northern province of Nineveh.
“The pair worked as fighters for the group’s Jund (soldiers) diwan,” Mawazin News quoted the ministry’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, as saying in a press statement.
They were arrested in Hamam al-Alil district, south of Mosul city, the spokesman added.
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.