Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Twenty Islamic State members have been arrested in west of Mosul city, Nineveh province, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said “Nineveh Police Command depended on intelligence information to carry out a campaign, which resulted in arresting 20 Islamic State members.”
Among the arrested members, according to Maan, “were those who worked for the militant group’s security department and Hisbah (vigilantism).” They were arrested in regions of al-Harmat, west of Mosul.
Last week, a source from Nineveh police said Iraqi troops arrested Islamic State’s security minister and the member in charge of the security detachments in two operations in Mosul. The Iraqi police arrested, on Wednesday, Taha Mohamed Salama, an Islamic State member who was in charge of the group’s mortar launchers. Nineveh police command announced, on Tuesday, 13 IS members were arrested in southeast of Mosul.
Thousands of suspects were arrested over links with Islamic State, since the city was recaptured from the group in July 2017.
In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.