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

Iraqi security forces arrest a suspected fighter with the Islamic State group during a military operation.

Baghdad ( Two Islamic State members have been arrested in west of Mosul, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the ministry, said “police in Nineveh, in collaboration with citizens, managed to arrest two Islamic State members who were involved in terrorism charges. They were used to fight with the group’s so-called Soldiers Department.”

The militants, according to the ministry, “were arrested in al-Zahraa district, west of Mosul.”

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.

On Tuesday, three Iraqi policemen were found dead Tuesday in al-Ezba village in Mosul. The ministry announced on Saturday arresting nine militants in regions of Sumar, Adan, al-Zahraa and al-Arbjiya, west of the city.

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.

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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