Iraqi security arrest three Islamic State terrorists in Samarra

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Samarra ( – Iraqi security forces arrested on Sunday three members of the Islamic State terrorist group, who are accused of committing terror acts in Samarra city in Salahuddin.

In a press statement, the security media cell said that three IS terrorists, who are wanted by the Iraqi judiciary, were arrested in Samarra city on charges of belonging to the group’s so-called Samarra military wing and carrying out terrorist attacks.

All legal procedures were taken against the IS terrorists.

On Saturday, security forces apprehended a smuggler on charges of transferring a number of the Islamic State members from Syria to Iraq after receiving accurate information.

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.

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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