Three Islamic State members arrested in western Mosul: Commander

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Mosul ( Three Islamic State members were arrested in the western flank of Mosul city, the Nineveh Police Command said on Monday.

“Nineveh police forces managed to arrest three Islamic State members, who had arrest warrants issued against them,” Maj. gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri, the commander, said in a statement.

The militants, according to the statement, “were arrested in al-Matahen district in western Mosul.”

On Sunday, nine Islamic State female members, including foreign nationals, were arrested in a village in Qayyara region, south of Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. The war against IS has displaced at least five million people. Abadi declared in July victory over IS militants who held Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city.

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 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 security troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

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