Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday the capture of three Islamic State terrorists in Mosul city, the latest in a series of arrests and detentions that target the group’s dormant cells in the country.
In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the Iraqi National Security Service said that its forces “in Nineveh, acting on intelligence information, managed to arrest three IS members, for whom arrest warrants were issued.”
“The trio were members of the group’s self-proclaimed Islamic Police Diwan,” read the statement, adding that they were handed over to the competent authorities for interrogation.
Iraqi authorities regularly announce the capture of Islamic State extremists in different parts of the country since the collapse of the group’s territorial influence in December 2017.
Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, its militants continue to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the terrorist group still poses a threat against stability in the country.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.