Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that its troops arrested three Islamic State terrorists in Mosul city.
The three militants worked for the Islamic State religious police (al-Hisbah) during the terrorist group’s capture of Mosul, Spokesman for the Interior Ministry Maj. Gen. Saad Maan told the Arabic-language Alghad Press website.
According to the spokesman, the trio confessed that they took part in fighting against security forces in the eastern and western sides of Mosul.
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 the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq 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.