Anbar (Iraqinews.com) – Two Islamic State militants were arrested Monday in Anna district in western Anbar, a military source was quoted as saying.
“The army’s 26th brigade arrested two IS militants, who returned along with the displaced people to Anna city, 210 km west of Anbar, after liberating it from terrorism over two months ago,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Alsumaria News.
“The arrest was made pursuant to article (4) of the Anti-Terrorism Law,” the source said, adding that the two terrorists were residing at al-Rayhanna village in Anna before joining Islamic State.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a US-led international coalition, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.