Two senior Islamic State members arrested in operation, south of Mosul

Iraqi troops arrest a suspected Islamic State militant

Nineveh ( Security troops have arrested two senior Islamic State members in a security operation, south of Mosul, a source from Nineveh was quoted saying on Thursday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “joint troops managed, in an operation, to arrest Wali (governor) of Mosul and Wali of Qayyarah in an operation carried out in al-Mahana village.”

The militants, according to the source, “were in a meeting in the village when they were arrested.”

Twelve IS members were arrested on Wednesday in an operation carried out in al-Boweir village, west of Mosul. On Tuesday, the command said eighteen IS members, including foreign leaders, were killed in a security operation, south of Mosul. On the same day, the command said fourteen militants were arrested in operations carried out in west and south of the city.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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