Two Islamic State fighters apprehended in Mosul — interior ministry

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Mosul ( – The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that two Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Mosul city, once a capital of the terrorist group’s sprawling self-proclaimed caliphate.

“Security forces, in cooperation with intelligence services, arrested two IS militants, who were fighting for the so-called Jund (soldiers) Diwan,” Mawazin News quoted the ministry’s spokesperson, Major General Saad Maan, as saying.

The two terrorists were apprehended in al-Resala district in the western side of Mosul, added the spokesman.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.

Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against Islamic State in Iraq on December 9, 2017 three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory. On July 10 that year, the former premier had formally declared victory over Islamic State extremists in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold.

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