Islamic State member, who recruits militants, others arrested in Nineveh

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Baghdad ( An Islamic State member, who recruits other militants, west of Mosul, as well as two other militants, have been arrested, Iraqi authorities announced on Monday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said counter-terrorism troops in Tal Afar arrested an IS member, against whom an arrest warrant was issued.”

Troops, according to the statement, “arrested the terrorist, possessing a recruitment form for the new members who joined the group, while it was controlling Mosul.”

Moreover, the Security Media Center announced arresting two militants and seizing two tunnels in Nineveh.

Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesperson for the center, said in a statement that “Nineveh Operations Command managed to arrest a terrorist in Shuqaira region. Two tunnels were found in al-Zarka village.”

Troops, according to Rasool, “arrested an IS member, depending on accurate intelligence information, in al-Aamel al-Oula district.”

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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014. Many suspects were arrested over links with Islamic State, since the city was recaptured from the group in July 2017.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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