Iraqi security arrests Islamic State leader in Diyala: Source

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected member of the Islamic State group

Diyala ( An Islamic State leader has been arrested in Diyala, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, “security forces managed to arrest an Islamic State leader in al-Saadiya region in Diyala.”

Information by the intelligence enabled security services to find him inside a house, the source said, adding that he was transferred to a detention cell for investigations.

Last week, security forces managed during operations to follow Islamic State militants in Hamreen and al-Nada basin, killing three militants and destroying 20 rest houses that contained explosives.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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