Islamic State cell arrested, south of Mosul: Defense Ministry

Iraqi troops arrest suspected terrorists in Baghdad

Mosul ( The Iraqi Defense Ministry has announced arresting a terrorist cell of Islamic State members, south of Mosul.

A statement by the ministry said “the military intelligence managed, through an operation, to reach to a terrorist cell and arrest its members in al-Shoura region, south of Mosul.”

The militants, according to the statement, are wanted for judiciary.

No further details were provided about the number of the arrested militants.

Last week, the Nineveh Operations Command said sixteen Islamic State members were arrested in a security operation in south of Mosul. Moreover, the military intelligence announced arresting one of the militant group’s funders in northwest of Mosul. The Interior Ministry also said eight militants were arrested in an operation in west of the city.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

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