Five IS terrorists arrested for fight against security forces in Mosul

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Mosul ( – Five Islamic State terrorists were arrested Monday for their involvement in the fight against security forces in Mosul city, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The militants were arrested in al Obour district in the western side of Mosul by a joint force of Nineveh police and counter-terrorism squad, the spokesman said. Three of them were members of the Islamic State’s Jund (soldiers) Diwan, who took part in the fighting against security force during the liberation of Mosul from terrorism, the spokesman added. Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence 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. IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, 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.