Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi authorities announced on Tuesday that an Islamic State militant was arrested during a military operation in Mosul city.
“Acting upon intelligence reports, troops of the 20th division of the Iraqi military intelligence directorate captured an Islamic State militant, who took part in criminal acts carried out by the terrorist group in Mosul city,” Iraqi website Algahd Press quoted the directorate as saying in a statement.
It added that the terrorist was arrested in Hamam al-Alil district in Mosul pursuant to article no. 4 of the anti-terrorism law.
Iraqi courts have sentenced many of Islamic State members, including a big number of female members, to death over joining the militant group.
The exact number of detained militants is still unknown, however, it’s estimated to be at thousands. It’s also unclear how many members are likely to face death sentences.
The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.
Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.