Two Islamic State members arrested during operations, west of Mosul

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Mosul ( Two Islamic State members were arrested in west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said Nineveh police, in collaboration with citizens, “managed to arrest two Islamic State members, wanted for judiciary.”

The militants, according to Maan, “were hiding from security troops since the liberation operations in the province.”

On Monday, Maan said the Iraqi federal police arrested nine Islamic State militants during security operations in Mosul city. Six of them were members of Islamic State’s Jund (soldiers) Diwan, who fought against security forces during operations to liberate Mosul from terrorism.

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.

In December, the former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, 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.

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