Iraqi security forces arrest senior Islamic State commander in Mosul

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

Nineveh ( – Iraqi security forces said they arrested a senior Islamic State commander during a security campaign in the northern city of Mosul, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press website, Maj Gen. Saad Maan said, “the arrested was a member of the Islamic State’s Mosques Diwan and was responsible for taking documents on oath of allegiance from IS volunteers.”

“He was arrested in al-Resala district in Mosul’s western side,” Maan added.

Last July, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced 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.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.

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