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Iraqi troops apprehend IS militant, dismantle bombs in Anbar

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Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Sunday an Islamic State militant during a military operation in Fallujah, Anbar.

“The arrested militant was responsible for collecting information about the army troops during the military operations to liberate Iraqi territory from IS jihadists,” the Iraqi military intelligence directorate was quoted by Gilgamish as saying in a press statement.

According to the statement, nine bombs have been also found in al-Tharthar district in Anbar.

All the bombs have been successfully dismantled by the explosives experts at the scene, added the statement.

Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence 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.

IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

Despite the group’s crushing defeat at its main havens across Iraq, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks against troops with security reports warning that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.



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