Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi security forces arrested on Wednesday two militants of the terrorist Islamic State group in Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to the Arabic-language Almaalomah news website, the source said that troops of the Iraqi Special Forces launched a security operation in the desert of Ar-Rutbah, in western Anbar.
“The troops arrested two IS militants and destroyed two armored vehicles during the operation,” the source said, adding that the operation will continue to eliminate the remaining IS cells in the area.
Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against Islamic State in Iraq on December 9, 2017 three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
The jihadist group had seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014, when it proclaimed a “caliphate” and imposed its rule over some 10 million people.