Twelve Islamic State members arrested, west of Mosul: Interior Ministry

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected member of the Islamic State group

Baghdad ( Twelve Islamic State members were arrested in several regions across the western side of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry\s Security Media Center said on Friday.

In a statement, the center said Nineveh police managed to “arrest 12 Islamic State members, who have arrest warrants issued against them over terrorism charges.”

Some of the militants, according to the statement, “used to work for the group’s security and Hisbah (Vigilantism) departments. Others were working for the Zakat (Alms) and soldiers departments, while the group was in control of Mosul city.”

The arrests took place in districts of al-Zahraa, Tess’ein, al-Baladiyat, al-Abar and al-Wihda in west of Mosul.

Earlier today, five civilians were reportedly executed after being kidnapped by Islamic State on Thursday in Baaj town, west of Mosul.

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 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. 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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