Iraqi forces arrest 9 Daesh militants in Kirkuk and Baghdad – World news

Following a complicated operation, Iraqi troops identified and arrested nine Daesh terrorists, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said in a statement, the Arabic-language al-Sumaria TV channel reported.

The operation was carried out as part of efforts to cleanse the Arab country of remnants of the terror group, he added.

“Five of the terrorists were arrested in different neighborhoods of Kirkuk, and the others were apprehended in al-Dora and al-Jamaa neighborhoods in Baghdad,” the statement continued.

Daesh has stepped up its moves in Iraq amid Baghdad’s call for the United States to withdraw its forces from the Arab country.

In a vote on January 5, the Iraqi parliament called for an end to the presence of all foreign troops, including the Americans.

The vote came two days after the US military – acting on the orders of US President Donald Trump – launched a deadly drone strike on Iranian counter-terrorism commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital at the invitation of the Baghdad government.

The attack also claimed the lives of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the Iraqi PMU or Hashd al-Sha’abi, along with eight other Iranians and Iraqis.

Washington has threatened sanctions if US troops are expelled instead of responding to the Iraqi parliament’s call to end the country’s occupation.

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