Security forces arrest IS senior intelligence official in Mosul

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Mosul ( Iraqi Security forces have arrested an Islamic State senior intelligence official on Tuesday in the eastern side of Mosul, Shafaaq News reported.

A security source told Shafaaq News that the National Security Forces, in coordination with the Nineveh police, have managed to arrest Ahmed Sabhan Abdel Wahid al-Dulaimi, a senior IS intelligence official, in the eastern side of Mosul.

“The detainee was an IS leader, who was responsible for the intelligence units in eastern Mosul before liberating the City,” the source added.

The Iraqi government declared victory over Islamic State militants in western Mosul on July 10, saying it concluded more than eight months of battles to recapture the city which the militants held as the capital of their self-styled “caliphate” since 2014. The eastern side of the city was retaken late January.

Since the declaration of victory, Iraqi forces have been in efforts to comb the recaptured areas for remnant IS cells, countering occasional attacks by the group and arresting many hiding among civilian refugees.

IS lost more than 250.000 fighters in the Mosul campaign, according to Iraqi commanders.

The group still holds a few holdouts in Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar, all are targets for future offensives by the Iraqi forces, the U.S.-led coalition and pro-government paramilitary troops.

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