Sixteen Islamic State members arrested in operation, south of Mosul

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected fighter with the Islamic State group during a military operation.

Mosul ( Sixteen Islamic State members were arrested in a security operation in south of Mosul, the Nineveh Operations Command said on Wednesday.

Speaking to BasNews, Mostafa al-Jabouri, spokesperson for the command, said “security troops carried out an operation in the islands of al-Bu seif village, south of Mosul.”

The operations, according to Jabouri, “resulted in arresting 16 members of Islamic State dormant cells. They were possessing weapons, which were confiscated and taken to the command headquarters.”

The militants “were taken to the headquarters for investigations ahead of standing trials,” Jabouri added.

On Monday, the military intelligence announced arresting one of the militant group’s funders in northwest of Mosul.

On the same day, the Interior Ministry said eight militants were arrested in an operation in 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.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

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