Military intelligence arrests Islamic State member, fleeing Mosul, in Tikrit

A military vehicle of Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) forces is seen at the site of car bomb attack during a battle with Islamic State militants in Andalus neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Salahuddin ( The military intelligence has announced arresting an Islamic State militant, who escaped from Mosul city, in north of Tikrit, Salahuddin.

In a statement on Tuesday, the department indicated instructions to tighten measures to arrest militants who flee liberated regions and hide among citizens.

“Depending on accurate information, an ambush was set up to arrest escaping militants. One of them was arrested at a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Tikrit city. He was escaping from Mosul,” the statement added.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS 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.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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