Anbar (IraqiNews) Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Sunday, apprehending a dangerous terrorist, known as Abi Zubair, in Anbar. It added that the terrorist is the IS commander of mortar detachment and participated in Saqlawiyah battles against security forces.
In a press statement, the directorate indicated that security forces arrested the terrorist Abi Zubair, the commander of mortar detachment in al-Sajar area in Anbar.
The operation was conducted based on accurate intelligence information, and backed by the security forces of the 40th brigade, the statement added.
Abi Zubair is one of the terrorists who participated in Saqlawiyah battles against security forces, the statement explained. He has two brothers who are also members of the Islamic State group, but fled to Turkey during the liberation battles.
In early 2014, the Islamic State launched a successful campaign to seize control of Anbar province, after defeating Iraqi Army.
A number of operations were conducted to remove the group’s occupation of the province. The operations include Anbar campaign (2015–16), the Western Anbar offensive (September 2017) and the 2017 Western Iraq campaign.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of the province on 2017.