Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi military intelligence forces apprehended on Monday two members of the Islamic State terrorist group in Anbar province.
The Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate, in a statement, said that its troops “have arrested two Islamic State terrorists in Ar-Rutba district in Anbar.”
“One of them was responsible for securing financial support for the militant group, as well as booby-trapping vehicles to be used in terrorist attacks, while the other was collecting information about the families cooperating with security forces,” the statement read.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in Iraq in November 2017 with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
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.