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Nineteen Islamic State members arrested in operation, south of Mosul

Iraqi security forces launch a major operation to stem out IS cells


Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Nineteen Islamic State members have been arrested in a wide-scale operation, south of Mosul, Nineveh Police Command said on Thursday.

“Security troops of Nineveh Operations Command carried out a wide-scale operation after closing all exits of Qayyarah region in order to storm the region,” Col. Saleh al-Sherifi told BasNews. “The operation resulted in arresting 19 infiltrators of Islamic State members, possessing weapons and hand grenades.”

The operation, according to Sherifi, is ongoing. “The arrested ones were taken to the command headquarters for investigations ahead of standing judiciary.”

Earlier today, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced arresting two Islamic State members in al-Zahraa district, west of Mosul.”

On Tuesday, three Iraqi policemen were found dead Tuesday in al-Ezba village in Mosul. The ministry announced on Saturday arresting nine militants in regions of Sumar, Adan, al-Zahraa and al-Arbjiya, west of the city.

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.

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.


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