Iraqi security forces apprehend three Islamic State militants in Mosul

Iraqi security forces arrest suspected Islamic State militants during a security operation in Mosul.

Mosul ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Monday that its forces arrested three Islamic State terrorists in the western side of Mosul.

Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told Mawazin News that the trio worked for the so-called Jund (soldiers) Diwan when the Islamic State terrorist group seized control of Mosul city in 2014.

The terrorists were arrested in Rajm Hadid district in the western side of Mosul, 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.

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