Iraqi troops arrest Islamic State militant in Anbar

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

Anbar ( – Iraqi military intelligence forces arrested on Saturday an Islamic State militant in Anbar province.

The arrested terrorist was found to have been implicated in terrorist attacks launched by Islamic State against security forces in Anbar province, Iraqi website Alghad Press quoted the Security Media Center as saying in a statement,

The arrest was made after receiving accurate intelligence information that the terrorist was residing in Albu Ali al-Jasim district in Anabr, 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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