Iraqi security forces arrest Islamic State photographer in Mosul

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Nineveh ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that its forces arrested an Islamic State terrorist in Mosul city.

“Acting on intelligence information, a Nineveh police force arrested an Islamic State member, who was working as a photographer at the terrorist group’s media network,” Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry spokesman, told the privately-owned IKH News website.

“The arrestee confessed that he was responsible for photographing terrorist acts carried out by IS militants in Mosul city and publishing them on the group’s media platforms,” the spokesman said.

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.

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