Islamic State member, who took part in killing Yazidis in Sinjar, arrested, west of Mosul

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Baghdad ( An Islamic State member has been arrested in an operation, west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

In a press release, the ministry said, “Nineveh police managed to arrest a militant who has been affiliated with Islamic State since 2014.”

The militant, according to the ministry, “confessed during the investigations that he took part in fighting against security troops. He also participated, along with other militants, in breaking into Sinjar as well as killing Yazidi people and captivating women.”

The statement indicated that the militant was arrested in a village in Tal Afar town, west of Mosul.

On Tuesday, the ministry’s Security Media Center said eight Islamic State members were arrested in west of Mosul.

Thousands of 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.

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.

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