Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The Islamic State has prepared a list of 143 members it accuses of escaping battles with security forces in western Mosul, while 18 members were arrested by police in the eastern side of the city.
“The group issued this morning the first list of 143 of its members whom it described as ‘delinquent’ for having escaped front defense lines in western Mosul,” a local source told Alsumaria News on Thursday.
According to the source, the group distributed the list among members at its checkpoints and outposts in western Mosul in order to get fleeing fighter arrested.
Iraqi government forces, backed by paramilitary troops, launched Sunday a new phase of offensives against the Islamic State in Mosul, targeting the liberation of the western region after taking control over the east late January.
In eastern Mosul, Nineveh police chief, Brig. Gen. Wathiq al-Hamadani, said his forces arrested 18 members from the Islamic State at al-Qahera district.
Since recapturing the eastern section of Mosul, Islamic State militants have attacked liberated areas in that area with drones and sneaking militants, killing several civilians and security personnel. Iraqi officials have also voiced fears that dormant IS cells in those areas could pose a security threat.