Terrorist cell members arrested, south of Mosul: Military intelligence

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

Mosul ( The military intelligence department has announced arresting an Islamic State terrorist cell in south of Mosul.

In a statement on Monday, the department said military troops “depended on accurate intelligence information to arrest members of a terrorist cell in al-Qayyarah, south of Mosul.”

The cell, according to the statement, “was planning to carry out several operations during the coming period of time.”

Earlier today, BasNews reported quoted a source from Nineveh Operations Command as saying that two senior IS leaders were arrested in Mosul as Iraqi troops continue to hunt for dormant IS cells across the country. One of them was the IS so-called finance minister, who was apprehended in an operation, north of the city. Another IS member, who was in charge of planting bombs in the eastern and northern axes of Mosul, was also arrested.

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.

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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