Iraqi troops apprehend Islamic State militant in Mosul city

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

Mosul ( – Iraqi security forces on Monday arrested an Islamic State militant in Mosul city, which once hosted the militant group’s self-styled caliphate, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Al Madar News website, the source said that “the terrorist was apprehended in al-Qawsiat district in Mosul after his relatives lodged a complaint with police that he belongs to the Islamic State militant group.”

He was handed over to the competent authorities for interrogation, added the source.

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.

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