Iraqi security forces capture 14 Islamic State members in Mosul

Islamic State held a parade in Mosul city in 2014 before they are forced out of the city on July 10, 2017. File photo

Nineveh ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced that its security forces have arrested 15 members of Islamic State in Mosul city.

Maj. General Saad Maan, the interior ministry’s spokesman, told Alforat News on Wednesday that, “Nineveh Police Command arrested 14 members of Islamic State, who are wanted on terror charges.”

“The terrorists were apprehended in al-Intisar district in Mosul’s eastern side,” according to the spokesman.

Earlier in the day, security forces arrested three Islamic State terrorists and detonated 325 explosive charges during a security operation in Kirkuk.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced last July 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 last November 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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